Thom Yorke Headlines New ‘Pathway to Paris Live’ Album
Select performances by Thom Yorke will be included on a new album called Pathway to Paris Live, the December concert that saw him premiere two previously unheard songs – including one from Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool.
Proceeds from Pathway to Paris Live, which will be released digitally on Wednesday (July 27), benefit 350.org and the United Nations Development Program. Pathway to Paris was also a benefit, this time in the effort to fight climate change. Also featured on the forthcoming concert recording are fellow performers Patti Smith, Flea, Jessie Paris Smith and others.
Yorke played a mix of solo, Radiohead and Atoms for Peace material on guitar and piano at Pathway to Paris, beginning both new songs: the appropriately themed "Silent Spring" and then "Desert Island Disk," which later arrived in a full-band arrangement on May 8 with the release of Radiohead's first new studio album since 2011's The King of Limbs. At one point during his stripped-down take on "Desert Island Disk," Yorke hesitated before saying, "this is Jonny's bit" – a clear reference to Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's role in their studio edition of the song.
Over the course of the night, Yorke also offered a pair of tracks off his 2006 solo album The Eraser, "Default" from Atoms of Peace's 2013 project Amok and "Bloom" from King of Limbs. Other highlights included "The Present Tense," a still-unreleased song that's been part of both his solo and Atoms for Peace setlists. After his his set, Yorke jammed with his Atoms for Peace bandmate Flea, Smith and others.
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