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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Drops Surprise Solo Song: Look + Listen

In the midst of his Radiohead side project The SmileThom Yorke released “5.17” a surprise song on streaming services without warning Sunday.

Though unclear as to why the piano ballad suddenly appeared, the single’s arrival runs concurrent with today’s (3.13) premiere of the third episode of Peaky Blinders’ sixth season, which Yorke and his fellow band mate Jonny Greenwood reportedly contributed new music to.

According to Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne: “Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood contributed some original stuff.” “I’m over the moon about all of that. The music has always been really important historically, and I was really keen to bring a dramatic score into it. We’re using that much more in this season. It’s a much heavier season so the score is taking things in a very different direction.”

With previous Radiohead repertoire featured on the show, including “You & Whose Army?” and “Pyramid Song” among other tracks on a recently announced vinyl soundtrack for the series; “5.17” shares musical similarities to both of those Radiohead classics. A second new Yorke song — “That’s How Horses Are,” as hinted on the single’s artwork and a listing on Apple Music — is scheduled for release on April 3, the date of Peaky Blinders’ series finale.

Ahead of the Smile’s debut LP, the trio of Yorke, Greenwood and drummer Tom Skinner have so far shared the singles “The Smoke” and “You Will Never Work in Television Again.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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