"Burn The Witch" The return of RADIOHEAD

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A still from Radiohead’s new video for the song “Burn the Witch.” Radiohead’s twitchy, anxious melodies express true apprehension about the future: both where we’re going and, more important, how we’re going to get there (by newyorker).

"Burn the Witch" is a song by English rock band Radiohead. Following a long recording history, it was released as a download on 3 May 2016, accompanied by a stop-motion animated music video that pays homage to the 1960s British children's television programme Camberwick Green and the 1973 British horror film The Wicker Man.

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And finally the first music arrived. What seems to be the first track from Radiohead’s new album was launched on their website on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by a video featuring animation in the style of Bob Bura and John Hardwick, the creators of Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green. Burn the Witch had been trailed on Instagram, but the brief clips didn’t give much clue as to what music we might expect. But what arrived was thrilling – a burst of taut, tense music, driven by pizzicato strings, that had more in common with conventional rock than some hints had led us to believe – Brian Message, from their management firm, had claimed the new album will sound “like nothing you’ve ever heard”(by the guardian).

According to long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Radiohead worked on "Burn the Witch" during the sessions for their albums Kid A (2000), Hail to the Thief (2003), and In Rainbows (2007); the phrase "burn the witch" appears in the Hail to the Thief album artwork. The song was mentioned by frontman Thom Yorke in a 2005 blog entry on Radiohead's website and was briefly teased in performances in 2006 and 2008, but it was never played in full. In 2007, Yorke posted lyrics on the band's website.

Asked in 2013 about the status of Radiohead's unreleased songs, including "Burn the Witch", Godrich responded, "Everything will surface one day... it all exists... and so [they] will eventually get there, I'm sure." He cited the song "Nude", released on Radiohead's 2007 album In Rainbows but written 12 years prior, as an example of a song that took several years to complete

Music video

The stop-motion animated music video is in the style of Camberwick Green, following an abridged version of The Wicker Man. An inspector is greeted by the mayor of a town and is invited to see a series of strange and unsettling sights, culminating in his unveiling of a wicker man. The inspector is urged to climb up and into the wicker man, whereupon it is set on fire; as the wicker man burns down with the inspector inside it, the townspeople turn their backs and wave goodbye to the camera. After the songs ends, the inspector is seen to have somehow survived this ordeal.

The video was made by Chris Hopewell and was released on YouTube on 3 May 2016, receiving over 6 million views within 48 hours. Hopewell had previously directed the animated video for Radiohead's 2003 single "There There". According to Hopewell, the video was conceived and finished in 14 days, one week before its release.

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"Burn the Witch" is an orchestral pop and art rock song. The track features part of the string section playing col legno, meaning that the players strike their strings with the stick of the bow rather than drawing the hair of the bow across the strings. According to Pitchfork, this "transforms the orchestra into another form of percussion, another beat adding to a vaguely electronic undercurrent pummelling the song forward ... [the string section] alternates between sumptuous flourishes and the darkest corners of The Shining’s score." Michael Hann of the Guardian described the song as "a burst of taut, tense music, driven by pizzicato strings".

The lyrics direct the listener to "abandon all reason / avoid all eye contact / do not react / shoot the messengers / burn the witch". Pitchfork interpreted them as a criticism of authority and a warning against groupthink, expressing a "deep sense of dread and skepticism". The Guardian felt the lyrics might address mass surveillance or "the difficulties of open discussion in an age where thought is scrutinised and policed by the public itself on social media"

Director - Chris Hopewell
Producer - Rosie Lea Brind
Editor - Ben Foley
DOP - Jon Davey

Art Director & Production Designer - Chris Hopewell

Post effects and grading - Ben Foley at Buckloop

Key Animators - Virpi Kettu, Louie Mc Namara, Oli Putland
Animators - Aaron Hopewell, Andrew Stewart, Rosie Lea Brind, Chris Hopewell

Set construction - Holly Jo Beck, Lois Garland

Puppets and props - Elaine Andrew, Virpi Kettu, Bonnie Griffin, Lucy Roberts, Ash Clarke, Ella Baraclough, Bec Coates, Rosie Lea Brind, Chris Hopewell, Andrew Stuart

Production company - Jacknife

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Pitchfork named "Burn the Witch" as "Best New Track", with senior editor Jillian Mapes writing: "It's not since Kid A standout 'How to Disappear Completely' that Radiohead have created a song this simultaneously unsettling and gorgeous."Michael Hann of The Guardian called it "thrilling... certainly the kind of return – bold and expansive, as well as dark and claustrophobic – that the world might have hoped for". Larry Bartleet of NME wrote: "A Radiohead melody has rarely sounded this joyful or indulgent, which puts the disturbing lyrics into especially sharp relief."

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