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For fourth straight year, Radiohead singer contributes soundscape for clothing label’s New York Fashion Week show

It’s Fashion Week once again in New York, which in recent years means one thing: New music from Thom Yorke. The Radiohead singer has contributed to the annual runway soundtrack to clothing label Rag & Bone’s fashion shows in recent years, and that trend continued Monday as Yorke supplied an ethereal new soundscape titled “Villain” for the occasion.

According to Pitchfork, Yorke’s eight-minute cut was recorded with 12 members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who lend angelic, yet foreboding, vocals over unnerving piano chords. Midway through, Yorke’s rapid-fire beats kick in, creating a ghostly environ reminiscent of his latest solo LP Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Yorke first created music for Rag & Bone in September 2011 when he soundtracked the label’s Spring 2012 fashion show in New York with two glitchy instrumental tracks titled “Twist” and “Stuck Together.” The latter would eventually morph into the Atoms for Peace track “Stuck Together Pieces” for that side project’s 2013 LP Amok.

The subsequent three Septembers – 2012, 2013 and 2014 – also featured Rag & Bone shows at New York Fashion Week with new Yorke music. The 2013 track contained “a mashed beat” courtesy of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, while 2014’s offering was a collaboration with the band’s longtime producer Nigel Godrich:

In addition to orchestrating runway music – and Greenwood’s Junun documentary with director Paul Thomas Anderson – Yorke and the rest of Radiohead are rumored to be spending September hunkered in the studio as the group works on the follow-up to their 2011 LP The King of Limbs.

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