Radiohead’s Instagram account has featured new artwork for the past few days. Until now, each picture was by Stanley Donwood …
These are all quite consistent, and may well be included in the ‘book’ of artwork the band are releasing in September.
Today’s image, however, is rather different …
This clearly isn’t a Donwood artwork. And unlike the other images, it comes with a caption – ‘you are lost’. Notice the massive light sphere appearing from around the corner. Is it a moon? A sun?
What could it mean? ‘Fuck knows’, as Thom Yorke once said poetically in answer to an entirely different question. However, as ever, the Radiohead reddit community – along with other media outlets – is rife with speculation. Theories include:
- they are teasing a new album – LP10 – which (unlike A Moon Shaped Pool) would contain all new material;
- they are teasing a new video, perhaps for The Present Tense (‘In you I’m lost’) or Spectre (‘I’m lost, I’m a ghost’);
- they are teasing the tour, which begins in Amsterdam this Friday, 20 May; or
- they are just teasing, as in ‘taking the piss’.
Personally, I waver between 2 and 3, while regarding 4 as a given – always.
As for 1, it doesn’t bear thinking about …
Meanwhile, my tickets for their London gig next Thursday (26 May) arrived today. I’ll also be seeing them in Paris on Monday (23 May).
I haven’t commented on A Moon Shaped Pool yet on this blog. Unlike the reviewer from the UK’s Guardian newspaper who posted his review of the album just two hours and forty-seven minutes after it had been released – and seemed to regret it soon after, if his Twitter feed is anything to go by – I am taking my time.
Or I might just be lost …