Daily Dose: ‘Burn The Witch’ by Radiohead

New Radiohead album (A Moon Shaped Pool, 8th May) came out this month, with this, the lead single and opening track, being one of three songs I’ve heard from it. I quite like it, it’s got a big old slice of Jonny Greenwood style spooky orchestra, provided by the London contemporary orchestra. The video is some heavy stuff, being a stop motion animation in the style of 1960’s kid show Trumpton, (most famous for the fire-fighters, “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub.”) providing a both delightfully modern and incredibly anachronistic take on 1973 horror movie The Wicker Man. The fire fighters would have had their work cut out for them here, let me tell you. The video and the song form a powerful critique on the current right wing and reactionary state of world politics; any song that features the lyric ‘red crosses on wooden doors’ is probably going to have something of a message against persecution. Speaking of the words, ‘low flying panic attack’ is such a fantastic turn of phrase, providing an accurate state of dread at the current state of what passes for authority in institution at the moment, as well as the populaces inability to think for themselves. It’s a good song regardless, with its unsettling mood and striking string section, but the message is important, dammit, and it’s encapsulated perfectly here.


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