In May 2009 the band began new recording sessions with producer Nigel Godrich.A few months later, in August, Radiohead released two singles from these sessions on their website. First, “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”, was recorded in tribute to the recently deceased Harry Patch, the last surviving British soldier to have fought in World War I. The song was sold for £1, with proceeds donated to the British Legion.The song featured Thom Yorke singing lyrics based on Patch’s own statements about his war experience, over a string orchestra backdrop arranged by Jonny Greenwood. Later that month, a new song “These Are My Twisted Words,” was made available as a free download or a torrent; a digital set of pictures was included. Jonny Greenwood explained that the song had been one of the first products of the band’s recent studio sessions, and it was likely to be played during their August festival appearances, the final dates of the In Rainbows tour.
In a mid-2009 NME interview, Yorke suggested that Radiohead would turn their focus from full length albums to releasing EPs, including the possibility of an EP of orchestral music.But in mid-December 2009, O’Brien posted on the band’s website that the band would begin work on its next album in January. He stated, “The vibe in the camp is fantastic at present, and we head off into the studio in January to continue on from the work we started last summer…10 years ago we were all collectively (that’s the band) in the land of Kid A .. and although hugely proud of that record, it wasn’t a fun place to be…What’s reassuring now, is that we are most definitely a different band, which should therefore mean that the music is different too and that is the aim of the game.”
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