Radiohead have released ‘Burn the Witch’, their first official single since 2011’s ‘the Daily Mail’.

Whisperings of a new album have intensified over the past few days after the band deleted their entire online presence on Sunday, including Twitter and Facebook feeds. Earlier today, the band released a video of a chirping bird on their Instagram account.

Now, we have ‘Burn the Witch’, a string heavy cut that fuses the synthetic propulsion of  the ‘King of Limbs’ and Thom Yorke solo projects with the organic orchestration of their scrapped ‘Spectre’ single from last year.

The single is accompanied by a Chris Hopewell directed video, which retells the eerie pagan sacrifice of the Wicker Man through claymation.

The wiping of Radiohead’s online history was first noticed on Reddit, which came a day after fans were sent a mysterious postcard with the words “Sing a Song of Sixpence That Goes Burn The Witch. We Know Where You Live.”

Burn The Witch is a known unreleased Radiohead song which dates as far back as 2002. Fans have speculated that it could be the title of  the new album, after they launched a new limited company called Dawn Chorus LLP in October 2015. The same move was done before the releases of the band’s previous two LP’s, with Xurbia Endless for In Rainbows in 2007 and Ticker Tape Ltd before 2011’s The King of Limbs.

The Oxford band have already announced live festival dates for the summer and three dates at the London Roundhouse in May.

This Radiohead article was written by Daniel Luscombe and Stephen Butchard. Edited by Stephen Butchard.

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