Thom Yorke Shares a New Song for Greenpeace – “Hands Off the Antarctic” | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Thom Yorke Shares a New Song for Greenpeace – “Hands Off the Antarctic”

“There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint.”

Oct 16, 2018
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Thom Yorke of Radiohead has shared a new solo song, "Hands Off the Antarctic." The instrumental track was shared in conjunction with Greenpeace and via a video that shows off images of the Antarctic. Greenpeace is campaigning for a 700,000 square mile sanctuary for penguins, whales, and other Antarctic wildlife and this song is aimed to bring that cause to light. Watch and listen below, via Irish Independent.

Yorke had this to say in a statement: "There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity's footprint. This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That's why we should protect it."

Frida Bengtsson, head of Greenpeace's Protect the Antarctic campaign had this to say: "The Antarctic doesn't have a voice but we are a movement of two million people and we do. We've seen around the world what happens when we don't put areas off-limits to human activity. This vast wilderness is more fragile than we might think and plays an important role for the planet's climate and ocean systems. When governments meet over the next two weeks, they have an opportunity to make history. Millions of people from around the world are urging them to seize this moment."

Yorke has also scored his first feature film, Suspiria, and the soundtrack, Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film), is due out October 26 via XL. Previously Yorke shared one song from it, "Suspirium," which features his vocals and was our #2 Song of the Week. Then Yorke shared two more songs from the soundtrack: "Has Ended," which also features his vocals (and was also one of our Songs of the Week) and the disquieting instrumental track "Volk" (which also made our Songs of the Week list).

Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) includes 25 original compositions by Yorke, including instrumental tracks and ones that are more traditionally song-like and feature vocals. Yorke wrote and arranged the score, which was recorded and produced by Yorke and Sam Petts-Davies. The score also features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, as well as Yorke's son Noah Yorke on drums on "Has Ended" and "Volk," and Pasha Mansurov on solo flute on "Suspirium."  

Thom Yorke Tour Dates:

11/23 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA*
11/24 - Wang Theatre-Boch Center - Boston MA*
11/26 - Kings Theatre - Brooklyn, NY*
11/27 - Kings Theatre - Brooklyn, NY*
11/30 - John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts - Washington, DC*
12/1 - Keybank State Theatre - Cleveland, OH*
12/2 - Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre - Detroit, MI*
12/4 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL*
12/5 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI*
12/6 - Northrop at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis MN*
12/8 - Stifel Theatre - Saint Louis, MO*
12/9 - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland - Kansas City, MO*
12/11 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO*
12/13 - The Union - Salt Lake City, UT*
12/15 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA*
12/17 - The Observatory, North Park - San Diego, CA*
12/19 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*
12/20 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*
12/22 - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, NV*

* - with Special guest Oliver Coates

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