NEW YORK (AFP) – Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke on Tuesday announced his first film score as he put out an eerie first track to “Suspiria,” a horror movie rooted in modern dance.
Yorke said he will release a 25-track album on October 26 to accompany “Suspiria,” which premiered last weekend at the Venice film festival.
Directed by Oscar nominee Luca Guadagnino, “Suspiria” stars “Fifty Shades of Grey” actress Dakota Johnson as a young American Amish woman who grows obsessed with a German modern dance group and eventually is pulled into a macabre witch cult.
Yorke on social media released a first track, “Suspirium,” whose gloomy and direct piano melody is in line with the Radiohead sound with a touch of minimalist composers such as Erik Satie.
The song, whose motif runs throughout the film, features Yorke singing in his signature falsetto.
“All is well as long as we keep spinning,” Yorke sings. “Only old songs and laughter we hear / Are forgiven always and never been true.”
The Oxford, England-based rock icon said he became fascinated by the use of repetition in film scores, which he found to be a kind of hypnotism.
“When I was working in my studio, I was making spells,” Yorke told reporters at the Venice festival.
“That sounds really stupid, but that’s how I was thinking about it. Because it was a sort of freedom I had not had before.”
Yorke has released two previous solo albums. His last, 2014’s “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” was layered with electronic effects and lyricism about humanity’s relationship with technology, a common theme for Yorke.
“Suspiria” will see a traditional rollout on CDs, LPs and streaming and download services. Yorke put out “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” with no prior notice on the BitTorrent file-sharing service popular with music pirates, one of his attempts to experiment with self-releases.