TUESDAY, MAY 03, 2016 |
Posted by: Mike Montemarano
As sudden and cryptic as Radioheads going off the grid was, their return to the web seems to raise even more questions than before.
All that the band has provided in an attempt to offer any sense of clarity, comes in the form of tiny video excerpts featuring claymation, one of which is simply a bird chirping, and the other seems to be some sort of cartoonish occult sacrifice involving a woman tied to a tree, surrounded by masked men with swords.
Could these be short clips from a music video or even a more long-form visual adaptation to the upcoming work? Is the internet blackout some kind of analogy for death and rebirth? And what about those weird leaflets the band sent out in the mail that read Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch?
Whether its just a gimmicky prank, a pun based on the song title, How to Disappear Completely, or the most effortless way for such a resoundingly successful band to garner hype for the potential studio releases in the works, the goal of getting massive audiences to start speculating their own conclusions has been a success.
The decision to have a momentary blackout demands some sort of explanation, which judging by how cryptic things have been so far, could come at any time.