Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood wasn’t the only band member working on film scores during the band’s hiatus. Between Thom Yorke‘s surprise solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and working on the new Radiohead album, the singer managed to sneak in some minimalist soundscapes to help score the documentary UK Gold, which details Big Business’ history of tax avoidance in England. The 12-song score also features six tracks by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja.
Yorke contributes four solo instrumentals to the score, while the singer and Greenwood team for a pair of songs, “Tap24 + Hiha24” and “Pin Loon Break Up,” the latter featuring an infectious loop of Yorke’s trademark voice. Yorke’s “Mono Jam One V2” is also an extended version of the caustic opening of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes‘ “A Brain in a Bottle,” which provides a timeframe on when he crafted these tracks.
Radiohead reenter the studio next month to continue work on their follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs. While it’s unclear if Yorke’s UK Gold contributions offer any glimpse into the band’s sound, it wouldn’t be the first time seemingly random song sketches ended up as a more polished finished product. Last year, a low-key update to the band’s Polyfauna app ended up premiering bare-bones versions of what would become Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tracks.
“Now is the time to reveal the revolving doors between government and the City that has bred lies and corruption for so long, siphoning money through our tax havens for the global super rich, while now preaching that we the people must pay our taxes and suffer austerity,” Yorke said in support of the documentary. “Just who does our government work for.”