Give Up the Ghost

UPDATE: I’ve updated the video to a better version. It’s vastly better . . .

Thom Yorke debuted three (3!) new songs at a benefit show for the UK’s Green Party at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. “The Daily Mail” is a slow burning piano ballad that Yorke can write in his sleep at this point. “Mouse Bird Dog” is some of the most convincing evidence that Yorke still worships at the altar of Neil Young. But it’s “Give Up the Ghost” (video below) that shines the brightest. The song is breath-taking: Yorke sings over a gorgeous melody loop. The song cruises along prettily enough until an ensemble of Yorkes enter in the final minute. The song is even more lush and relaxed than anything on the already lush and relaxed In Rainbows.

You can check out the set list to the show here. Also, as if you needed reminding, Yorke’s new band, Atoms for Peace, are going to be traveling around the States in April. You should probably go see them.

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