Thom Yorke of Radiohead has scored his first feature film, Suspiria, and the soundtrack, Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film), was released a couple of weeks back via XL. Yorke has now done one of BBC’s Radio 1 Piano Sessions, performing Suspiria single “Suspirium” and “Everything In Its Right Place,” a classic from Radiohead’s 2000 album Kid A. The session simply features Yorke solo on piano. Watch the two performances below.
Previously Yorke shared three songs from the Suspiria soundtrack: “Suspirium,” which features his vocals and was our #2 Song of the Week, “Has Ended,” which also features his vocals and was also one of our Songs of the Week, the disquieting instrumental track “Volk” (which also made our Songs of the Week list), “Open Again” (which also made our Songs of the Week list), and “Unmade” (which also made our Songs of the Week list). He also performed “Unmade” in a BBC Radio 6 Music session.
Yorke also recently shared another 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.
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.”
Suspiria is a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian horror film of the same name. Suspiria‘s first teaser trailer debuted in June and last month a new, longer trailer for the film was shared (watch the creepiness below again). Luca Guadgnino (Call Me By Your Name) has directed the new version, which stars Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, and Jessica Harper (the star of the 1977 original). It’s due out nationwide November 2 via Amazon Studios, with New York and Los Angeles showings starting October 26.
Guadgnino had this to say about Yorke in a previous press release last year: “Thom’s art transcends the contemporary. To have the privilege of his music and sound for Suspiria is a dream come true. The depth of his creation and artistic vision is so unique that our Suspiria will sound groundbreaking and will deeply resonate with viewers. Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.”
Producers Marco Morabito and Brad Fischer also had this to say: “Thom Yorke has composed and performed some of the most iconic and transformative music in modern culture. To have him lend his talent to Suspiria is an extraordinary gift, both to us as filmmakers and to audiences, who have a remarkable, terrifying and emotionally stirring experience in store for them.”
A previous press release described the plot of Suspiria as such: “Susie Bannion, a young American woman, travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in the year 1977. She arrives just as one of the Company’s members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc, the Company’s revolutionary artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara, who shares her suspicions that the Matrons, and the Company itself, may be harboring a dark and menacing secret.”
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