Rumours regarding a new Radiohead album have been spreading like wildfire for the past few months. Last month, when the band announced a 2016 world tour, the possibilities of a 2016 record increased even more.
Now, it is confirmed that the British experimental/alternative rock band will release their ninth studio record in June 2016, at least according to their manager Brian Message. Radiohead's long term manager confirmed this fact while speaking at an event in London. He also promised that the album will be very different from the rest of Radiohead's music catalogue. The album will be the band's first in five years since 2011's "King of Limbs."
Radiohead is known for their exceptionally experimental sound, which incorporates elements of art rock, alternative rock, post-punk, trip hop, ambient techno and electronic music. Going by their track record, each Radiohead album is sonically different from the previous release.
While "King of Limbs" focused on experimental rock and electronic music, its predecessor "In Rainbows" was based on guitar-oriented alternative rock and art rock. So, it will be interesting to see what the band comes up with in the new record. But whatever it may sound like, it will surely be one of the most anticipated album of 2016.
A new Radiohead sound was first seen in their 2015 single, "Spectre," which the band had composed for the Daniel Craig starring eponymous James Bond movie. Although the song was not used in the movie, Radiohead released it for free streaming on their Soundcloud page. A quick listen to the track and you might be able to guess which direction the band is about to take with the new album. The track has a dreamy, spacey and layered sound that incorporates heavy synth usage. Listen to the song here.
The "Paranoid Android" hitmakers have three festival shows scheduled for June. They will be playing at Lyon, France, on June 1, at Barcelona, Spain, on June 3 and at Reykjavik, Iceland, on June 17. So, it is quite natural that the new album will be premiered at one of these events. An official release date has not been confirmed yet.
Check out Radiohead's full world tour schedule here.