Radiohead: Malahide Castle, Dublin

'Supercollider' is unveiled, a stripped-down ballad sung over delicate piano

By
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs in Leeds, England.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs in Leeds, England. Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns

Malahide Castle
Dublin
June 6th, 2008

Thom Yorke had been tinkering with the plaintive new solo piano song "Super Collider" at soundchecks, but Radiohead finally unveiled it live in June. A midtempo ballad etched in major-chord piano arpeggios – with one gasping shift to the minor around the 1:20 mark – it features a vocal melody that recalls "Everything in Its Right Place." What exactly Yorke is on about is anybody's guess. ("Super Collider/Falling to dust/. . . Lonely as rust," he sings. We think.) But without the usual sonic ornamentation, he sounds unprecedentedly naked: just another Englishman tickling the ivories.

This story is from the July 10th, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone. 

From The Archives Issue 1056: July 10, 2008
x