UPDATE: Hours after posting the video teasers, Radiohead released “Burn the Witch.” It’s the first new song since last Christmas, when the band released their submission for the James Bond theme song.
Directed by Chris Hopwell, the video for “Burn the Witch” is an animated clip depicting, yes, the burning of a witch. Take a look.
EARLIER: Everything in its right place? A day after Radiohead deleted its entire internet presence, the band posted two videos to Instagram. With no captions and no explanations, the clips feature animated scenes. The first shows a bird chirping in a tree and the second shows men with swords and masks surrounding a tied up damsel in distress. Rushing music plays behind them.
The clips come after months of speculation that the band will release a new album before they head out on tour this summer. In March, Radiohead announced that they would play shows at Madison Square Garden, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and more high-profile venues and festivals. They had also registered two new companies in January and February. (Radiohead did the same before releasing two previous albums The King of Limbs and In Rainbows.)
Speculation came to a head when a man who said he was Radiohead’s manager announced that Radiohead’s ninth studio album wold be out in June. He said it “would be like nothing you’ve ever heard.” The band soon issued a statement discrediting his standing as their manager.
Whether or not a new album is on the way, check out Radiohead’s mysterious little videos below.