The Radiohead frontman debuted the new recordings on BBC Radio 3
The first, “Don’t Fear the Light”, is Yorke’s first ever piece of classical music, while the second, “Gawpers”, is a song that the Radiohead frontman has been playing live in recent shows. The recordings are taken from Yorke’s ‘Minimalist Dream House’ performance at Philharmonie de Paris earlier this month (April 7), but neither have had their recorded version aired until now.
ladies and gentlemen, a live recording of the piano pieces i was recently commissioned to write by the Philarmonie de Paris for Katia & Marielle Labeque will be broadcast on Unclassified BBC R3 as part of ‘Minimalist Dream House’ this Sunday 28th April. https://t.co/VFcUuppEZm— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) April 25, 2019
“Don’t Fear the Light” is a three-part composition for two pianos, electronics, and modular synthesiser. French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labeque, who devised the Minimal Dream House concert, perform the piece. The Unclassified radio show also features new tracks by David Chalmin and Bryce Dessner, who were both also part of Minimalist Dream House.
Listen to “Don’t Fear the Light” at the 27-minute mark, and “Gawpers” at the 47-minute mark, on the Unclassified radio show.