Radiohead fans got a surprise this weekend when frontman Thom Yorke tweeted out several new photos of the band's PolyFauna app, which Yorke conceived and produced with guitarist Stanley Donwood and digital arts studio Universal Imagery.
Originally published this past February, the app received an update that includes previously unheard music featuring Yorke.
From Rolling Stone:
The immersive app, inspired by Björk's Biophilia project, drops the user into alien worlds that are fully navigable. After exploring each landscape, the user must chase after a warp that will teleport them to yet another strange, colorful terrain. The latest version of PolyFauna is much more fluid than its predecessor, but it still drains the phone battery at an incredible rate.
The band, which hasn't released any new music since 2011's The King of Limbs, will enter the studio this month to record a follow-up.
Most of the group has stayed busy though. Yorke's project Atoms for Peace released an album, drummer Phillip Selway recorded a solo LP and guitarist Jonny Greenwood wrote and recorded the score for Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film adaptation of Inherent Vice.
Greenwood talked new Radiohead with RS in March:
"We're meeting up at the end of the summer, and we'll make a plan. But, you know, we're a slow-moving animal, always have been. I guess we'll decide then what we do next." In July, Greenwood added that he and Yorke had already begun emailing song ideas to one another in anticipation of the September sessions.
That's good news after bassist Colin Greenwood, Jonny's brother, was iffy on new material this July.
"It's all up in the air at the minute. [Yorke's] just come back from touring Atoms for Peace and he's having some quiet time. I'm sorry to be vague but we're all just taking it easy at the moment. Just enjoying being at home and hanging out really. But at the same time, the vibe is very much Oxford and all good! It's like that."