Radiohead formally released their new song “These Are My Twisted Words” as a free download today on their Dead Air Space Website. “We’ve been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We’re pretty proud of it,” guitarist Jonny Greenwood wrote, making no mention of the song’s leak. “There’s other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we’ve been practicing, and which we’ll probably play at this summer’s concerts. Hope you like it.” Radiohead have five concerts planned this month, starting with an August 21st performance at Austria’s Frequency Festival.
As Rock Daily previously reported, “These Are My Twisted Words” came out of nowhere last week after appearing on a Torrent site. An ASCII file that accompanied the song stated that “Twisted Words” was supposed to be released on August 17th, leading fans to speculate whether it would part of an EP called Wall of Ice due to the artwork that also came with the file. In the end, there was no EP, and as Rock Daily had hypothesized last week, “Twisted Words” was a stand-alone track fated for Radiohead’s Waste digital music store.
Contrary to reports on other Websites, the Wallofice.com site that popped up in the days following the leaked “These Are My Twisted Words” turned out to be a creation of someone not affiliated with the band. It’s been an active past couple weeks for Radiohead, who have slowly begun revealing new music for the first time since 2007’s In Rainbows. First, frontman Thom Yorke debuted a new song called “The Present Tense” at the Latitude Festival, then the band released a new track titled “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” as a charity download. Fans can expect as least one more new song by year’s end when Yorke contributes a track to the soundtrack of the Twilight sequel New Moon.