By Amanda Wicks
After teasing a snippet of their newest music video today (May 6), Radiohead went ahead and released the full version on YouTube. Called “Daydreaming,”
The video feels like a cross between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich in its ethereality. That makes sense considering it was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who in his films (Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love) has explored the mind’s maze-like qualities through cinematic visuals. Thom Yorke makes his way through different doorways, entering and exiting people’s lives, only to emerge in a new hallway that leads to a different space.
He walks unnoticed through apartments, houses, hospitals, laundromats, libraries and more, as a piano with tinkling synths behind it eventually gives way to Yorke’s mournful voice. His literal wanderings replace the mind’s more metaphorical ones, but the video ends curiously with Yorke crawling into a cave and a warped, slowed sound–what could be someone’s breath or a voice–overtakes the song. Could Radiohead have encoded a message to listeners? Some clever technician somewhere will be sure to play with the audio and find out.
The video follows the band’s previously released “Burn the Witch,” and both songs are part of Radiohead’s new, as yet untitled album, which arrives digitally on May 8th at 2pm ET. The album will be available in physical formats on June 17th.