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Thom Yorke Announces "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses" Single

September 3, 2009 11:18 AM ET

Thom Yorke formally announced his upcoming "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses"/"The Hollow Earth" 12'' single today on Radiohead's Dead Air Space Website. As Rolling Stone previously reported, rumors of the single first emerged when the Canadian record plant in charge of its printing leaked word of its existence. The two songs "are loosely under the Thom Yorke name this time, although these days it's all getting kind of blurry," Yorke writes. The 12'' will be released September 21st.

As Rolling Stone previous wrote and Yorke confirmed today, "Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses" is an older Radiohead track — circa 2001, Yorke writes — that was originally the parenthetical title for "Reckoner," a song that eventually emerged in a much different form as the centerpiece of In Rainbows. This "Apart By Horses" is a "radical rework" of that original track, Yorke writes, and will also feature Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. As for the b-side, "'The Hollow Earth' is a bass menace that was born out of The Eraser period but needed a little more time," Yorke says. Both tracks were produced by Radiohead's unofficial sixth member, Nigel Godrich.

Noticeably absent from Yorke's blurb on Dead Air Space is any mention of whether the song is his contribution to the upcoming soundtrack for the Twilight sequel New Moon, but given the timing of the release — the song will be available on conventional digital music services on October 6th, two weeks before New Moon's release — "Apart By Horses" still seems to be the frontrunner in terms of Yorke's contribution. The 12'' single, which will come with a free download of the tracks, is available now as a pre-order at Radiohead's w.a.s.t.e. store. Otherwise, Yorke writes you can pick up a copy of the vinyl at your local record store, "if you are lucky enough to have one near you."

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