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Thom Yorke releases new album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

26 September 2014, 14:04 | Written by Laurence Day

After a week of tantalising and carrot-dangling, Thom Yorke has released a new album.

Starting with the white vinyl picture, then the lyrics sheet, and finally news of heading into the studio (with Radiohead), Yorke has topped off the week by pulling the ripcord on a surprise new solo LP, titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.

It's available to buy and stream now.

Interestingly, it's available via BitTorrent (priced at $6), where buyers will be able to instantly stream the record and have access to the files.

In an email accompanying the news, Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich explained the method:

"As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files. The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’. It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around… If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done. The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or 'cloud' malarkey. It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front… The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network. Oh yes and it’s called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich"

You can order the vinyl package from here.

Watch the "A Brain In A Bottle" video/buy the record below.


1. A Brain In a Bottle
2. Guess Again!
3. Interference
4. The Mother Lode
5. Truth Ray
6. There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
7. Pink Section
8. Nose Grows Some

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