Radiohead had a full week after their social media channels were wiped and two new songs – “Burn the Witch” and “Daydreaming” – released, but things are about to get more hectic. The band has released their highly anticipated album, A Moon Shaped Pool, but not all streaming sites are getting it. Where can you listen to it?
There are several ways people can get their hands on the new Radiohead album. The album is available for purchase online. As for streaming, people can access the album via iTunes and Apple Music.
According to Wired, Radiohead’s website also offers pre-orders for the album’s CD version. Shipping starts June 17 with the special edition vinyl/digital/etc. to be shipped around September. However, for those looking beyond Apple Music, the XL-issued LP is also available over Google Play Music and Tidal but surprisingly, not on Spotify.
MBW reported that previously, Thom Yorke had something to say about the Swedish streaming service. In 2013, the artist pulled some material from the service and said “new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.”
He also had something to say about the platform and its relationship to the music industry later on. According to him, the relationship is “The last desperate fart of a dying corpse.” Interestingly, Radiohead is not the only musical act to hold off Spotify. For instance, Drake’s Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade were made exclusive on Tidal and Apple initially. Spotify has been missing out a lot so far.
As to what people can expect from the album, The Guardian has this to say: “Certainly, A Moon Shaped Pool is noticeably different to its predecessor, 2011’s patchy King Of Limbs. You’d hesitate to call it more poppy – this is still an album on which standard verse-chorus structures are very much subject to subsidence, and on which the instruments buried deep in the mix frequently seem to be playing an entirely different song to those in the foreground – but it’s certainly sharper and more focused.”