The group, led by Thom Yorke, has been stoking the fires over the last few days by deleting every post from its social media pages and erasing all content from its website. Radiohead started to replenish that social presence by releasing two tiny teasers on its Instagram page. The first clip, posted in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, featured a stop-motion bird chirping for 15 seconds. Radiohead followed that post with a claymation video showing a woman tied to a tree while a group of masked men armed with swords ominously circled around her.
The new single’s title, “Burn the Witch,” offers some insight into what’s going in the teasers, as its story is a cross between The Wicker Man, The Crucible, and at least visually, the 1970 version of Santa Claus is Coming To Town.
The video was posted to Radiohead’s website under the tag “Dead Air Space,” which might be yet one more clue to the new album. While there is still no confirmation that a new Radiohead album is actually on its way, “Burn The Witch” will be available for digital download on May 4.