looking at my facebook and it popped up from their site and I was all like WHHAA??? And then I was like NO WAY! And then I was like OMG. Now I'm tired.
when this appeared in their Facebook feed just now....
(*and then buying it when it comes out as anything besides a download or an expensive boxset full of stuff i don't really need)
wasnt expecting that
I love surprises!
so maybe around then?
just couldn't see anything explicit. Great news though.
It's the same as what happened with In Rainbows I imagine, when they sorted out a CD release date later.
mp3s almost immediately
deluxe edition a few months later
CD a few months after that
i think that was the in rainbows chronology. i guess it helps to maximise sales.
I doubt they'd wait that long, the CD for In Rainbows came out less than three months after it was available on download.
What a nice surprise.
When I saw Newspaper album I thought for a second they were going to give it away with the Daily Mail.
*The term 'newspaper album' still sounds a bit lame.
what a newspaper album actually is?
the artwork looks pretty lovely though
Always love the artwork
So I can only assume so
as to which old songs are going to show up on this album (like Nude on IR).
I've always wanted them to do a proper version of Lift, but I think there's about zero chance of that. True Love Waits maybe?
The live one is pretty perfect anyway
I had a dream about Lift last night after rediscovering it over the weekend. So I'm saying, Lift. Probably retitled.
it is kinda amazing.
giving us a tracklist like they did for IR :( Dont recognise the lyric King of Limbs from any of the new live songs tho..does anyone else?
just a list of recent unreleased live songs
i imagine a few of those will feature though. Hopefully Give up the Ghost...absolutely love that
probably partially because they're all acoustic versions. When In Rainbows came out I'd played nearly every track to within an inch of itself over the previous year and a half, but I quite like that I'll be approaching this one with no real idea of what it's going to be like.
I hope Super Collider is on there though. I was lucky enough to see one of it's first performances on the IR tour.
Can't wait and only 5 days of speculation as to what the hell is actually going to be on the album!
it's not gone through with my card details or paypal just now. might let it calm down a bit.
it just clicked back to the main page, no email or confirmation and won't let em log in to track. will try again tomrorow if no payment has gone
It took me a couple of attempts to place my order but my second try with paypal worked and I received a confirmation email straight after. It must just be inundated with orders at the moment.
with paypal and it worked.
But is here now. I guess there is just a massive run on the site.
I AM STOKED.
I've never had so much need of the word 'stoked' before.
STOKED. STOKED. STOKED.
just for The Present Tense...or maybe it's just this awful combination of tiredness and over-excitement...
Anyway it's too late now...Radiohead are such cunts for having such an ardent fanbase.
i don't really know what bandwidth is but i'm still not having that
(which I'm sure Radiohead are aware of/not fussed about)
£30 for that package sounds well worth it to, think my order has processed, got an order number.
I fucking love Radiohead!
I seem to remember In Rainbows was... I think.
the e-mail confirmation came from a waste address.
I'm not very attentive.
are pretty good at doing these things, i guess it's just a lot cheaper.
still psyched though either way.
and arrived at the idea of releasing their new album first of all as a ltd edition deluxe gift set version. just like they did in 2007.
maybe this changes my mind. maybe it doesn't. mind you, it's lifted from nme.com, so maybe it's complete bollocks.
"The name of the new album relates to an oak tree in Wiltshire's Savernake Forest, thought to be around 1,000 years old. The forest lies around three miles away from Tottenham House, a listed country house where Radiohead recorded part of 'In Rainbows'.
The tree is a pollarded oak, referring to an ancient technique for harvesting timber for fencing and firewood. The phrase also appears in the 23rd chapter of the Qu'ran."
that the album is named after a historic tree just up the road from them. They looked sad, said that it meant that tree would be destroyed by avid fans, then went back to talking about how they'd secured Kubb for an instore on Record Store Day.
Nice one, I`m looking forward to saturday.
I looked at the Radiohead website yesterday thinking they may do something like this.
and can't play the vinyl. So it's all in immaculate condition. Then I saw that it's going for a shedload on eBay, so I may sell that soon and buy the "standard" album. Think I'll do the same with this one and see what happens...
Just made my day a whole lot better! I wonder if we can expect a preview maybe a track popping up somewhere?
Maybe a play on Zane Lowe tonight?
not their style
i dont know what to do with myself right now
maybe 'newspaper album' refers to this? i,e. in a few years time, much like cheap newsprint paper, this sleeve is going to get more and more brittle and discoloured until it pretty much falls apart and disappears. hmmm.
http://www.ateaseweb.com has just tweeted they will be releasing some more news about the new album in 20 mins.
also, it is all peicing together, got an e mail about new Stanley Donwood artwork the other day, showing prints of the new stuff which appears to be the new artwork on the Radiohead website...
I'll probably just buy the mp3 and then the CD in March.
Maybe. Probably. We'll see.
or is it just my connection
I don't really want to go for the expensive option again, having bought the In Rainbows discbox last time, especially as I ended up buying the normal CD too for convenience...but I have the feeling I'm not going to be able to resist.
I'm not sure I can wait till Saturday.
As if I wouldn't starve for a week to waste.my money on limited edition Radiohead stuffs
well it better be their last album!
the price for the digital download is pretty reasonable
Last time out the download was free and the boxset with the vinyl was £40.
It's ironic how Radiohead are anti-coporatist yet lay marketing traps for their fans. But who are you to call me a moaner?
Tom Yorke is the biggest moaner EVER.
That might be an achievement.
Plus the the CD/download and extra artwork it seems like a pretty good deal to me.
saturday can not come soon enough
that is all.
went and listened to Lift, True Love Waits and All I Need again.
Very fucking fussed now
This is only 5 days. I'm already shaking with anticipation though.
I absolutely LOVE In Rainbows, utterly stunning album. However, it's the only Radiohead album I like. The rest of them I guess have their moments, definitely not my thing though. So it suggests I probably won't like this album.
Understandable. In Rainbows is possibly their most accessible record, while maintaining the same quality that they carried through the previous 5. It's one of my very favorites too.
That said, someday you should return to Kid A. OK Computer too, obviously, but Kid A is an absolutely enchanting record that most people put down long before they discover its treasures. The other albums are great too, but OKC/KA/IR are their peaks so far IMHO.
I've listened to far less accessible music since spinning Kid A for the first time, but those first few listens were jarring to a kid that grew up on classic rock. Long story short, Radiohead is now my favorite band. But hey, your mileage may vary. :)
that really pulled me in. I find the rest of their stuff a little overblown. But yeah, I really should give Kid A another go.
After that it's The Bends. Kid A still doesn't really sound like any other RH album.
the "newspaper album" or whatever the fuck it's meant to be won't be shipped until a month and a bit after the standard cd/12". I ordered the newspaper album at quarter to ten this morning, before it was known that XL would be distributing a standard edition. Yet their site still fucking says the only ways of purchasing the album atm are either download or box set. At least give the die hards who spent £30 the album first. That and...don't lie to them!
Having said that I'd still probably have gone for the special edition. Others might not have.
This happened with In Rainbows too and that wound up with a regular CD/vinyl edition. People would have been foolish to think it wouldn't happen again. Though it's true that it's odd that the deluxe edition is over a month after the standard physical release.
They've got to take the orders to afford to make it.
Then they have to put it into production. No one will even have the master of the album until after the MP3s are released on Saturday which is why none of us are downloading a special 'leak' right now.
In the scheme of things it's not surprising a big record company can put a standard CD album out way before a big effort like the Newspaper edition.
I just ordered the Special Edition which is what I would do regardless. There'll be plenty of people who didn't follow the In Rainbows release closely enough to have known this morning that they'd do it again. To be fair Radiohead should've made it clear on the website and, in order for the deluxe version to reach fans first, they should've staggered the standard release much like they did last time.
no tiresome build up. no bullshit media hoo-ha. just a giant beaming bombshell from out of nowhere to pleasantly derail us all this monday morning.
and that cover is beautiful. very Munch.
Just had one of the 'newspaper albums' preordered for me as a pressie. Best Valentines gift ever?
I hope it's like Hail To The Thief dipped in a bit of Amnesiac
They're shrewder than a nest of baby shrews
All this buzz is free, all of it created by the way they released their last album. Let's be fair it's good marketing, respect to them.
The 'large' bits are a folded up newspaper instead of a normal album sleeve, the loads of tiny bits are loads of tiny bits of newspaper, and it all comes in a bag that falls apart and shits tiny bits of newspaper everywhere?
I bet it's a 625 piece treasure map jigsaw.
I'm excited :)
I think they're smart enough blokes to craft/package it in such a way that it's easily accessible/not a hassle to unbox or assemble (if any of the latter is required). I'm hoping it's not just a lot of loose parts and sheets that unfold once and then refuse to fold back into their neat original shapes.
Longish tracks or a rather short album?
normal tracks, with another album to shortly follow.
i can't really imagine them putting out a 25 minute release and calling it an album.
so unless it's loaded with extra musical goodies I doubt It's a really short record.
Regardless I love me a short and sweet album
found now :)
but its not something I've been able to get excited about since Kid A, they just aint worth the mega-hype/silly articles on how they might save the music industry.
I just think they write and record great songs. Thus, I am excited.
What I've quite enjoyed about all this is the unifying OHH SHHHEEEEEEEEEET reaction amongst so many people. Considering, frankly, they're not a band that I or most people I know ('music fans' or otherwise) really even talk about much, the near unanimous hysteria has been fun to watch. I can't really imagine this happening with anyone else, I suppose this is what being 'the biggest band in the world' is all about.
I don't think the music has been worth the mega hype since Kid A either though. I did enjoy In Rainbows for a time, but its not one a revisit that much and the one before I can't really remember much of at all let alone go back to it. Amnesiac is damn good mind, but that was ages ago. Lookin forward to hearing this new one, but its hard to get excited about when the band have been only kind of warm the last decade or so instead of shit hot. Hope they suprise me by unleashing another beast though.
I can level with you. Radiohead has released (not counting King of Limbs) 2 full albums since 2001. That's relatively meager, especially when you look at guys like Bradford Cox and Panda Bear that have pumped out material like there's no tomorrow.
IR and Hail To The Thief (the previous Radiohead album) are both polarizing to fans. HTTT being too long and unfocused (though its highs are brilliant) and In Rainbows being too mellow.
I can't even sit through 14-track HTTT most of the time, and I am obsessed with this band. They've publicly stated that they messed up on that album in certain areas, and Thom's blog posting of a [much more listenable] 10-track playlist of the album was indicative of that.
Again though, mileage varies. I think that IR/HTTT get a bad rap from fringe fans, but I will also say that Kid A and OKC are the band are their absolute creative peak. That is even more blatant when you look at the tracks from the following 3 albums that were originally written in those "shit hot" days!
in about ten years they've made two pretty middling albums and some middling solo stuff, thats why I'm not excited about this new one. I'm not convinced they have that much left in them left to say. I still <3 Kid A, The Bends, Amnesiac and ok Computer though. The rest I'm not fussed about. The best thing asociated with Radiohead in about ten years is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGScCsEtQtk and prob their live shows. Getting excited about a band not in form and way past their prime isn't gonna happen for me even if I dig a load of their stuff a whole lot and still have an eye on them.
You're right though that they might not have much more to offer in terms of cultural relevance. They just write great music.
I think you should go back and reassess their "middling" 2000s output at some point and see if your opinion moves at all. A lot of the material is better live. See: In Rainbows From The Basement.
It could do with trimming two tracks or so maybe, but it's still great, the highs more than compensate. It suffers in a way from being sandwiched between Kid A/Amnesiac and In Rainbows.
Wouldn't remove a song.
Thom's 10-song HTTT playlist? I haven't seen that, and I expect I'd find it beneficial since, like everyone else, I find that record great in places but a bit of a chore as a whole.
sail to the moon
sit down. stand up
go to sleep
a wolf at the door
Personally, I feel it flows better and doesn't really sacrifice much. The remaining 4 tracks are all OK, but they could have been on the Com Lag EP. Actually, I Will was on the Com Lag EP, albeit a different (superior?) version. :)
This tracklisting gives the album a slightly different vibe, most certainly. Much more immediate. It's still an album that's better live (and IMO it's not quite as good as anything else post-Bends) but I think that some extra time and polish would have made HTTT into a masterpiece.
Does that mean we lose 5 tracks? I'm trying to remember. It's definitely always seemed overlong.
A Punchup At A Wedding
We Suck Young Blood
On their own, all of these songs are good-great. In the context of a 14-track album, songs like Backdrifts and We Suck Young Blood kind of bring the pace to a crawl. Backdrifts especially is an inventive, interesting little electronica song... but too fucking long to be track 4 on a Radiohead album! It should have been a one-off, or on Com Lag.
They trimmed the fat on In Rainbows. Hardly a superfluous note, which personally? I loved. I expect TKOL to breathe a little more, though.
Backdrifts is the best song on it.
To have left off Down is the New Up or Bangers + Mash is questionable. Down is the New Up is probably the best Radiohead song since Pyramid Song.
Do you really think that they would have fit well on IR though? Where would you slot them?
I'd say that you'd probably have to remove 15 Step/Bodysnatchers and replace them with DITNU/B+M. Still wouldn't have fit the theme of the other tracks though.
but the two CDs flow together fine and I'm sure it would have worked.
but no matter how much he tried he just couldn't get it to fit anywhere on the album. Shame. Though I always preferred the less piano-y live version
I'll give it a go. I'm not convinced at leaving out Punchup though!
It's utterly unlike Thom's normal stuff in terms of style and the point of view, etc.
wasn't there a joke/rumor/giggle that Radiohead were going to give their next album away with a newspaper only a few days ago..? Did I imagine that?
Did I just fart?
It was joke by Jimmy Carr on twitter. It's almost prophetic. Jimmy Carr is the new whatever
now I feel dirty...
Clearly knew. The bastard. Phil clearly told him in a state of extreme drunkenness.
JIMMY CON CARRNE
resent you for making me go on the Vice site after swearing I never would ever again.
“Cardboard boxes/Files for the shredder/Did Foxtons call, hon?/End of my tether.”
fuck me vice
February 15th, 2011
You’re such dicks. I mean, you commissioned a writer to write this? Said writer felt compelled to write it? Someone uploaded it, SEO’d it. You tweeted it, I clicked through– there’s no winners here, nobody comes out unscathed. Waste of everybody’s time, effort, and dare I say it, thought.
I mean, taking the piss out of Radiohead is fine by me, but 'ha ha, they're all serious and pretenshus LOL'... it could have been exhumed from the 'funnies' pages of NME or Melody Maker, circa 1997, quite easily...
I enjoyed it. The extreme levels of anticipation are the reason the joke works. I quite like the fact it's halfway between satire and trolling.
Contents Introduction Deluxe Edition
Vinyl record sheets in. 10 x 2 (CD 8 songs recorded and content)
CD (8 songs)
Art Newspaper Limited (40 pages)
? Select ticket album download format (MP3 or WAV)
As well as the 8 tracks thing mentioned above, it seems the "625 tiny pieces of artwork" is printed on the newspaper rather then, as I and others seem to have assumed, 625 bits of paper to lose.
Christ, the English is the original.
But the translation actually seems more plausible. Surely the artwork will be included in newspaper form, otherwise where would the 'newspaper' be in 'newspaper album'?
... and I still think the term 'newspaper album' is unbelievably shit. It sounds really cheap, & automatically makes me resent paying more than £2 for it... and even then I'd expect supplements & 2 for 1 vouchers for lunchtime dining.
The newspaper parts of the Newspaper Album are manufactured using traditional newsprinting technology. Therefore there may be unique yet inherent flaws in the quality of print and paper.
and then the standard CD when it comes out. I can't really justify £30 just for artwork and some vinyl I'll hardly ever play, when there's no lovely bonus disc of extra stuff this time round.
Quite proud of myself.
then buy the CD? You're basically paying £6 more than you have to this way.
And it's not really about ripping the band off: I'm sure Radiohead realised that loads of people would get the MP3s for free and then buy the album.
I'm intending to just wait until the evening and pick up a battered copy with a few pages missing on the train home.
they're a good rock band
I'm scared to purchase the album now
before the boxset ships
End of March.
CD and vinyl general release date
jimouthargyle | 14 Feb '11, 12:03 | X | ^ This | Reply
£ 30 just for an art book of Stanley Donwood work wouldn't be too out of the ordinary, chances are he'd have done a series of images so to have them be collected and released in a format that makes reference to its context as packaging for a record makes a lot of sense.
what's it like?
are people who, you know, like listening to Radiohead a lot and would like all the stuff that you get with that boxset. Of course you don't have to get that one, but why let the facts get in the way of a brightonb moan.
that I imagine you've paid, I dunno, north of a fiver..? for a seven inch or something you haven't paid for before, then long term Radiohead fans are likely to a) like their special edition artwork and b) expect the music to be good on the ground the rest of it has been, y'know, good.
And what does age have to do with anything? What age would you consider all an artist's music stops being good?
James Blake Vinyl £21.
Radiohead thing-y with vinyl+CD+Download+a load of artwork+a lock of Johnny's hair* £30inc P+P(i think)
Seems like a good deal to me.
*not confirmed but rumours abound
Oh lol, thanks for telling me the James Blake LP comes with a dl literally hours after I bought the CD!! ;)
Anyway, interesting how you've managed to generalise all Radiohead fans there. Radiohead know they have a pretty devoted fanbase, who you'll be surprised to know, do buy records week in week out. Those fans will get excited about some artwork and a flashy box because the music contained within is thought to be so special to them. They want something that feels a bit more than just a CD that you listen to once.
That may sound slightly pathetic and silly, but it makes them happy. You may not like the music they put out, that's fine, but you don't really *need* to cast aspersions on to the people that buy it. Just ignore it and listen to something you do like.
Fair enough if you'd just said 'they cater to the kind of fan who buys trophy purchases for impressing friends with', but there's absolutely no evidence to say these people would ordinarily download their music illegally.
This writing off albums by established, big name bands before release is getting pretty tired too; I'd go as far as to say that you sound like, wait for it... a broken record!!!!!!!!
They did one for In Rainbows.
The Dead Prez one is phenomenal.
but I just got an email from Waste confirming that the physical release on March 28th will include a 12-inch version.
after the In Rainbows announcement. And even that wasn't really that funny.
really need to get their ears examined.
Yeah, I took the Radiohead course at my college (http://ptrivial.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/a-quick-glimpse-into-the-radiohead-classroom/) and got a 98 on the exam, so I'm not the least biased fan. That said, this album crosses like 4 genres on the first half alone. Something for everybody. If you're not a Ween fan, you should probably sit down.
is auto-cropped to remove their faces.
facts are his kryptonite
One or the other.
According to numerous sources (the Guardian being one of them http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/feb/18/radiohead-king-of-limbs-live ) The release of The King of Limbs has been brought forward to today.
If you haven't received an email go to your confirmation email you received when you bought the pre-order and go through the Order Tracking link.
but I'm at work, so this is no use to me until this evening.
I hate you so much, THom Yorke!
Not really xoxo
Sorry. I succumbed. It's like Bono, minus the 'charisma'. It's rock music, minus any of those pesky dynamics you usually associate with the form. It's like those irritating buzzing flies that always come into our kitchen around 5.30pm and buzz around the trails of blood until I get the electric badminton racket out. It's drum'n'bass, watered down and made putrid for popular consumption. It's rock music as mime: all the posturing and none of the substance. Or humour. It's rock music as midlife crisis: premature and unwanted. It's rock music as mud: grey, formless, useless. It's Radiohead. And I do not like it.
Hi everett, know you are reading. I do not like you either.
Only two more minutes to wait. Hurray up, hurray up.
or if you're jumping up and down in glee waiting for it to finish downloading
I was just a bit over excited after thinking there was one more day of waiting, then i was only two minutes away from another Radiohead album. After one listen its sounding good, nothing standing out so far but I'm listening to it in the office, so looking forward to getting home and turning it up.
I've ripped my mp3s to CD and have it running thorough my proper amp and speaker set up. THe bass near the end of track 4 totally destroys (as it does at many other places). People listening on laptop speakers are going to be disappointed I feel.
(and I had a sneaking suspicion it would be you)
anyhoo... I went for the cheaper mp3 option because I've got the vinyl coming soon for when I want to listen to it PROPERLY and the mp3s for portable convenience. Looking forward to hearing it on the vinyl, the (slightly OTT) 2x 45rpm 12s in the In Rainbows boxset sounded AMAZING.
In that it served the music very well: lots of space, no sonic clutter, everything very clear and distinct.
What the new one will sound like on vinyl I do not know because a) The new record is much more 'dream pop' (I guess?) and has a very different sonic feel to it and b) they're clear vinyl and in my experience sometimes coloured vinyl doesn't sound as good as black (though this could be total bollocks - debate on the subject rages).
if you like - then you've got a new record you like!
if you don't like it - then you can spent the next few months slagging it off and riling up the Radiohead fans.
It's win win.
And I totally agree. It sounds pretty amazing.
It is definitely an album for audiophiles. Sound thrown around all over the place, from channel to channel. Tons of percussion, clickity clack, to go with the melodies.
To be honest, my first impression is that it's like the Kid A/Amnesiac b-sides (i.e. Kinetic) meets In Rainbows. It's largely pop, groovy and accessible, but also experimental.
It plays like a Radiohead office chart, hah.
Radiohead's new album: The King of Limbs? http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/content/content_detail.php?id=5083&type=Features Or The Emperor's New Clothes? http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/content/content_detail.php?id=5065&type=Albums
that's just not cool
Rate all Radiohead tracks on this new website: http://radiohead.99k.org
Please vote a few times to get the ball rolling
you utter dingleberry
This getting annoyingly out of hand.
but Q magazine seems to still go middle of the road on everything anyway.
Having said that I would give it 4 stars so :/ It's one of those slightly obtuse albums bands sometimes do that are really interesting if it's done by a band that release frequently, but because it's Radiohead it's slightly frustrating that it's not that meaty a release.
Seperator may be my favourite track of the year so far however
it's probably the most disappointed I've been with a Radiohead album. It just seems so slight. Yes it's shorter but I think a couple of the tracks are duff and don't do anything for me and the highs aren't as high as they have been on their other records. By the time it's over I'm just left wanting.
Yes, I love Separator and Lotus Flower, but not only as good album tracks, not outstanding songs. I even really like Feral, for what it is, but it is never going to make you go wow.
I don't care much for Q reviews. They rarely agree with my own thoughts, so if anything they are only going to lead me astray if I pay any attention to them.
they gave Razorlight s/t 5/5 and The Knife 1/5. So I ain't going to care much what they think.
I for one love TKOL
Just that, either way you look at it, it's not a classic. It's also not a record that I'd expect Q to love (if presented by any other band). TKOL is a very strong album and, in my opinion, if a band you love gives you 40 minutes of quality music then that can never really be a let down.
Because their other output has been so consistently high. They have set their own standards and I think TKOL doesn't measure up to that.
In the end, when we look back at it, I hope it turns out to be a transitional record for them. One where they are fumbling around in the dark for the next step, but haven't quite found their feet, before going on to fully realise what they were trying to do. If that happens, then okay, take it and enjoy it for what it is. If they peter out from here, it will mark the point where they ended their run of form.
that let down. 2 new tracks next month, hopefully they'll do the tv circuits for some liver performances, hopefully b-sides (or something like IR disc 2 of them if they refuse to do singles again). With all that tbh I'll be more than happy.
I'm just a bit worried, seeing as it's radiohead this is all there'll be until 2015 lol
So, TKOL is TKOL as far as I'm concerned. It stands on it's own and should be judged so. It is one body of work.
that's entirely fair, but I have a suspicion, if the fairly solid rumours that they're still recording in studio, they may plan on just releasing shorter albums more frequently or something...
However I have no doubt they will fail on the more frequently part :P
I have that feelng too. But I think whatever comes next, I'll view it as a separate album. Unless of course the plan all along was to release one album in parts that is intended to be taken as a whole. Not sure about that though...
But yeah, I'll welcome more releases, I'd just hope I might like it a bit more next time!
Little by Little especially I think could be awesome
I think KoL would be a nice album from a band who released a fair amount, that maybe a bit indulgent revisit of old sounds with some experiments thrown in, and no big deal since there'll be another album round the corner...
But because it's radiohead it may be only thing for years and it's not a masterpiece
of the DiS review of this record?
but I still maintain that it sfeels more like a Thom Yorke solo album. It just doesn't feel like something that the entire band was active in making to me. Granted, I don't know how their recording process works - I'm sure they all contributed - but I can't shake the feeling of it seeming more like The Eraser II or something. I think that may be the source of my initial disappointment: save for a couple of songs, it doesn't feel like I'm listening to musicians working in unison.
Its hard to fathom what each band member is doing sometimes, especially as the vocals are mixed very loud considering how dense and delicate most of the arrangements are. Maybe Ed and Jonny were out climbing trees while Thom was messing about with loops. Its grown on me but I only really dig half of it.
but it is a bit unfair to suggest that Ed and Johnny had no impact, i can hear the influence (if that's not too pretentious)of Johnny's solo classical stuff in the drums of bloom and teh arrangement on codex, ed o'brien has probably been on effects pedals again lol, and the rhythm section of colin and phil seem kinda on fire throughout.
The vocals mixed too high is interesting, maybe actually
...I just liked the mental image of them sitting in trees going "I'm sure there was something we were meant to do today..." ;)
You can defo hear Ed on Bloom (at least I assume that warbly tape-delay-being abused drone is him) the krautrock guitars on Magpie and I assume the reverse guitar on Little by Little(?). Totally agree with the classical-Greenwood vibe on many of the arrangements, subtle but magnificent input no doubt.