Like any Radiohead fan, I woke up streaming the new track, the chilling ‘III Wind’. The song was actually a bonus track/B-side from Radiohead’s 2016 album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, and was released as part of the album box set, but it is finally available digitally and has arrived on streaming services.
Once again, the 4-minute song transports us into another world with a dreamy melody haunted by Thom’s high and plaintive falsetto doing some calming to sorrowful parts, while the busy soundscape slowly grows from a throbbing bass to a large display of polyrhythmic chords and synth layers, topped by electronica.
The song roots in pure melancholia with a very jazzy groove – ‘Ill Wind’ is also the title of a song by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, also covered by Billie Holiday and this cannot be a coincidence – and slowly departs from its almost bossa nova beats to a loud anxious vibe, at the image of many Radiohead songs. We cannot say they are re-imagining their sound here, the song sounds very much like a Radiohead composition, but it possesses this unique magic before fading away like a fireflies cloud.
We now know that Radiohead will not attend the ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019, despite their induction, and I just wonder whether Thom Yorke will make an apparition at the Oscars, as his original song ‘Suspirium’ from the horror movie ‘Suspiria’, was recently shortlisted in the Best Original Song category. We’ll see, meanwhile, listen to’ III Wind’ below: