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Radiohead Wall Of Ice EP Mystery Solved?
The Quietus , August 14th, 2009 13:22

New record from Thom Yorke and co out next Monday?

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This week the world has been a-flutter with the news that Radiohead might be releasing new material on Monday, August 17 after a new song seemed to appear online.

Now, eagle-eyed observers have noticed that elements of the file and code attached to the song featured the words "wall" and "of" and "ice", and that indeed the combination of the three appeared in a mysterious poem that accomanpanied the track on back-of-the-internet-lorry site what.cd. You can find all the Wall of Ice stuff hidden in the ASCII code here.

If you therefore assume that Radiohead follow the same model as they did with In Rainbows – ie they create a website based on the title of the release – you get www.wallofice.com. And that leads straight to the WASTE shop. In other words, it looks very much like the rumours are true: there’s an EP coming with that title and Radiohead’s site is all set up to receive the orders via that site.

It would also be a massive raspberry to EMI, who are reissuing a load more Radiohead back catalogue to feed Guy Hands' coffers in a few weeks, not to mention being entirely in tune with Thom Yorke's hints that the band are no longer interested in going down the path of releasing full-length albums.

Read some nerd discourse about it all here. Geeks not happy about Radiohead using geek thieving technology to release records before they can get hold of them, and so on.

Listen to what might, or might not, be Radiohead's 'Wall Of Ice' below:

Juliet O'Keefe
Aug 14, 2009 8:53pm

Check the registration information for wallofice.com-- it's a hoax, it didn't exist until yesterday. Somebody's just fueling the rumour mill.

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Juliet O'Keefe
Aug 14, 2009 8:53pm

And.... that's not quite how I spell my first name, nevermind.

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