Radiohead frontman sends out email to fans
Andy Morris

09:25 9th October 2014

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Thom Yorke, a man who released his album on BitTorrent and is himself on Twitter, has said he has the 'utmost respect' for anyone not on social media.

The Radiohead frontman issued an email letting fans know that they may have missed the announcement that he has a new album out.

"[It] may be perhaps because you don't engage with 'social media' in which case you have my utmost respect," Yorke explained. Read the message in full below.

Yorke released the album exclusively through BitTorrent on 26 September and according to BitTorrent stats his second solo LP has been downloaded 1.1 million times (although this figure does include the free bundle).

Watch the video for 'A Brain In A Bottle' below

You can download the album here, and check out the Gigwise track by track review.

Upon the album's release, Yorke explained he was looking for an “effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.”

BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer, Matt Mason, recently spoke to The Fader about the release and what he hopes can come out of this experiment.

Mason revealed that the idea of the BitTorrent bundle was in fact inspired by Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want model for their seventh album ‘In Rainbows’ and said: “It’s just been the absolute gold standard for how to do something direct-to-fan on the internet.”

Indeed, BitTorrent’s audience is vast. The service reaches 170 million people each month, making it an audience larger than twice the combined audience of Spotify, Netflix, Hulu and BandCamp.

Below: Thom Yorke's 13 most underrated tracks

  • 13. 'Jetstream' - A skittering and foreboding b-side from solo debut The Eraser that proves all Yorke needs to captivate is his voice, a little rhythm and a paralysing sense of doom.

  • 12. 'Killer Cars' - A cult favourite among Radiohead fans from way back in '94, it never made it on to a studio album but definitely ranks among one of the 20th Century's great lost guitar anthems.

  • 11. 'Staircase' - A track released along with the equally beautiful 'Daily Mail' post-The King Of Limbs, 'Staircase' is a textured web of subtlety and beauty. If they keep wondering down this path, then Radiohead's next album could well be their best yet.

  • 10. 'El President' - This is a number by somewhat forgotten band Drugstore featuring Yorke on guest vocals, it's the perfect showcase of Yorke's pining, operatic vocal blooming into something pretty stratospheric. It's also probably the best pop song about the 1973 Chilean coup d'etat that you'll ever hear.

  • 9. 'This' - This Modeselektor track featuring Yorke as guest is pretty unintelligible, but proves that Yorke's voice is a instrument in itself when it comes to painting a pretty mesmeric and cinematic soundcape.

  • 8. 'Palo Alto' - One of Radiohead's last true Rock songs (with a capital R), this explosive chunk of searing angst and guitar may be a b-side from the OK Computer era, but most bands of the 90s would have killed to have it as their own A-side.

  • 7. 'After The Gold Rush' - Dogged by Neil Young comparisons in his early career, Yorke takes on one of his classic tracks on The Bridge School Concerts' 25th Anniversary album to prove that he had more than grown comfortable in his own voice - turning the Young staple into a towering thing of aching beauty that arguably rivals the original.

  • 6. 'Bangers N Mash': Yet more proof that In Rainbows was probably Radiohead's finest moments, this off-cut is the sound of Yorke at his funkiest. Everything about it rules: the ferocious rhythm, the choppy-Greenwood guitar, Yorke's half-rap angry vocal and the fact that he played drums on it when they aired it live. Youtube it, you won't regret it.

  • 5. 'Rabbit In Your Headlights': A collaboration with UNKLE that's almost unbearably morose but inescapably captivating, not least for Yorke's vivid, dystopian lyrics.

  • 4. 'I've Seen It All': A collaboration with Bjork and taken from her astounding soundtrack to Dancer In The Dark, this is the sound of two of the most important artists of the last 30 years at the peak of their powers.

  • 3. 'This Mess We're In': One of many highlight's on PJ Harvey's Mercury-winning Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, this is the ultimate blackened love letter where Yorke's angelic mournful tones stand at perfect juxtaposition to Polly Jean's sultry sighs. Bloody brilliant.

  • 2. 'Fog': Again, it's just baffling that a band like Radiohead can have so many beautiful b-sides that utterly trounce the majority of other band's singles.

  • 1. 'Down In The New Up': A bleak but opulent disorientating masterpiece, worthy of far more standing in Radiohead's canon and more frequent outing in live sets - the epitome of Yorke at his most underrated.

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