An armchair guide to 'The King Of Limbs'
Radiohead's new album The King Of Limbs will be available as a download from Saturday, then released physically on May 9 as, what the group themselves are calling, a 'newspaper album'. The 'newspaper album' package will contain The King Of Limbs on CD, two 10-inch vinyl records and artwork sheets. Those who buy the set will also receive the album as a download on Saturday. The name of the new album relates to an oak tree in Wiltshire's Savernake Forest, thought to be around 1,000 years old. The forest lies around three miles away from Tottenham House, a listed country house where Radiohead recorded part of their last album In Rainbows.
The tree is a pollarded oak, referring to an ancient technique for harvesting timber for fencing and firewood. The phrase also appears in the 23rd chapter of the Koran.
- Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is also releasing a new album on March 7 -- his soundtrack to the Japanese film Norwegian Wood, an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Haruki Murakami.