https://youtu.be/yI2oS2hoL0k Everyone started to flip out over the weekend when Radiohead sent out a cryptic postcard that read “Sing the song of sixpence that goes ‘burn the witch'.” Then on May 1st the band mysteriously began erasing their online content. The band broke their social media silence yesterday, posting a 15-second clip on Instagram of a stop-motion bird tweeting.
After a few Instagram video clips, Radiohead revealed their new song and video "Burn the Witch". The video is an enthralling stop-motion animation featuring some kind of arcane ritual like in the film The Wicker Man, but in the adorable style of old British children's TV shows such as "Trumpton" and "Camberwick Green". Throughout the four-minute video, the villagers of a small town accuse its citizens of committing various sins. At the end, a giant wooden statue is revealed before it's lit on fire.
According to an interview conducted with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, the song was worked on during the sessions for Kid A, Hail to the Thief, and In Rainbows. The phrase "burn the witch" appeared in a piece of Stanley Donwood artwork included in the booklet to 2003's Hail to the Thief, and was mentioned by Thom Yorke in a 2005 blog post on Radiohead's site.
Aside from their brief foray into film scores with the rejected James Bond title track, "Spectre", Radiohead’s last proper release was 2011’s The King of Limbs. In between albums, the group’s individual members have concentrated on solo ventures.