Those sneaky devils from Radiohead have snuck up again and surprised us with a new album. While the physical formats for The King of Limbs won’t appear until May 9th, the digital version is ready for pre-order and will be available to all this coming Saturday, February 19th.
A few things distinguish this release from their previous In Rainbows, particularly the abandonment of the Pay Whatever You Feel option. While Camp Radiohead did their best to minimize talk of what occurred, the album wound up being purchased by fans for no money whatsoever. Even more insulting, once those files got out into the world, they wound up on free download sites and torrent venues. It was estimated that pirate files of In Rainbows were getting more downloads than the official ones, even though the official ones could be taken just as freely.
The MP3 version is priced at 6 pounds ($9.6396, or rounded to $9.65) while the CD quality WAV version is 9 pounds ($14.4594, roughly $14.50). The band expects you will buy this time.
The physical version of the album will come as two 10-inch vinyl discs, a CD and a collection of large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-color piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together. One has to assume this was designed by longtime Radiohead cohort Stanley Donwood.
We will further elaborate on this once we’ve heard more ourselves. As per usual, Radiohead never fails to catch all of us off guard.
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