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Listen to Radiohead and Hans Zimmer Collaboration “(ocean) bloom” for “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II”

New Nature Documentary Series Set to Air on BBC America in 2018

Sep 27, 2017
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Radiohead have teamed up with film composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, 12 Years a Slave, Dunkirk, and many others) for a new version of "Bloom," from the band's 2011 album The King of Limbs. The new version is entitled "(ocean) bloom" and was put together for BBC's upcoming nature documentary series Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, which will air in the U.S. on BBC America in 2018. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recorded fresh vocals for the new version and says the original song was inspired by the first Blue Planet series. Now a five-minute trailer for Blue Planet II has been released that features the song. Watch that below.

Or if you'd prefer to hear the full "(ocean) bloom" without David Attenborough's narration, head over to BBC Radio 6 here (and also listen to Matt Everitt's interview with Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, as well as Hans Zimmer, about the track). Skip to the 51-minute mark to hear the track.

Yorke had this to say in the interview: "This was me lying on the sofa trying to go back to sleep when I've been up too late with my son - 7 o'clock in the morning when he was small - and it coming in and out of my subconscious. And staying there, and you know especially stuff about the deep and about all these life forms they'd discovered on that series, that seemed to be the implication, that they managed to go so deep that they'd discovered all these creatures that existed they we didn't know about. That whole thing for me, the idea of discovering life that humanity doesn't know about, is to me one of the most profound kind of things, profound concepts. Even if it's discovering fossils, or the idea that creatures exist - that there's a history to where we live that we don't know anything about, that is going on, that we don't know anything about it - to me is the most profound, spiritual expression of humanity when we discover it." 

Yorke later added: "The Blue Planet - the original series - was probably the thing, first it turned on my son to the whole thing, and he became obsessed, as you do when you're growing up at that age, 5 or 6, you've got all the books and you recite the statistics, all the Latin names, which is what you used to do.... And then a letter from Greenpeace came through about something or other to the house, and he picked it up and started reading it and said 'Dad, can we get involved in this?' 'Yeah, sure, if you want to.' So then we established links with Greenpeace. Anyway, I got involved in all this stuff over the years, and it started with being half asleep on the sofa watching Blue Planet!"

Listen to clips from the interview below.

Radiohead released their acclaimed latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, last year. It landed at #2 on Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016 list.

 

 

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