Single Review – Radiohead – Burn The Witch

Radiohead are marking their return in typically mysterious circumstances with social media blackouts and odd cards delivered to those on their mail list. These cards had the lyrics of their new single ‘Burn The Witch’ embossed on them and when put to the music, those lyrics evoke a greeter unsettling feel. The instrumentation is primarily made of a sharp string staccato with rumbling and sweeping strings and electronica moving purposefully beneath it. The song is surprisingly melodic and engaging than it might be on first listen as what seems something as an anti-melody from Yorke contrasts with the dramatic and increasingly frantic instrumentation around him. An intriguing and well developed sound from a vastly experienced group.

Owen Riddle