After posting a series of mysterious tweets online, Thom Yorke has announced that he has released a new album. In a short and sweet "Message from Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich," Yorke announced that he has used a new form of BitTorrent to drop Tommorow's Modern Boxes. And, in typical Yorke fashion, it's out today (Sept. 26).
According to a press relase, Yorke's new solo album is an experiment on how to distribute new music in the modern era. The new version of BitTorrent, seemingly called BitTorrent Bundle will allow for bundles of files to be downloaded, some without a pay wall and some with paid access.
"The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album,'" Yorke and Godrich announced. "It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around ... If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work."
The new format is a "self-contained embeddable shop front," allowing musicians and artists to sell their work themselves.
For Yorke's case, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, an eight-track album, is available to download for $6. The lead single "Brain In A Bottle" and its accompanying music video can be downloaded for free.
Download Tomorrow's Modern Boxes here.
The new Yorke solo album is not the first time that he has played with the album release format. The last two Radiohead albums, In Rainbows and The King of Limbs were released independently. Fans were allowed to pay whatever they wanted for a download of In Rainbows and The King of Limbs was released as a surprise, one day before its planned due date.