Newsflash: after working on new album In Rainbows for over two and a half years Radiohead have made an announcement on their official Dead Air Space blog this week that the album will be exclusively available as a digital download on Wednesday October 10th. Monday's post read:
Well, the new album is finished, and it's coming out in 10 days;
We've called it In Rainbows.
Love from us all.
The DRM-free album and/or discbox are available for pre-order from the In Rainbows webpage now. The discbox edition will ship December 3rd and contains the physical album on both CD and two 12" heavyweight vinyl records, artwork, lyric booklets, and a bonus enhanced CD with 8 bonus tracks, digital photos and artwork. Purchasers also have access to the digital download on October 10th.For those unwilling to spend £40 for all the bells and whistles but eager to get their hands on the album before the projected January '08 standard CD release, Radiohead have provided a somewhat controversional process for purchasing the digital download next week. According to Wikipedia:
"The price of download by itself is left up to the buyer. Upon purchase, the buyer is prompted to type their desired price (plus a transaction fee of 45 pence if purchased for more than £0.00)."
Indeed, when going through the pre-order process I was promted to input a price. Click on a question mark button and 'IT'S UP TO YOU' appears on-screen. Click again and you'll be informed 'NO REALLY, IT'S UP TO YOU'. Sweet.
Surprisingly, the album has not yet been leaked (that I know of). However, find below a few In Rainbows tracks revealed at a concert in Amsterdam in August of last year (kudos to blogs are for dogs).
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
Radiohead - Arpeggi
Radiohead - Nude