NEW YORK (AP) — Thom Yorke is making an end run around "the self elected gate-keepers" and putting out a new solo album using BitTorrent instead of traditional distribution methods.
The Radiohead singer and his producer Nigel Godrich issued a letter through their publicist Friday announcing "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes." The $6 download includes eight songs and a video.
Yorke and Godrich hope to create a new model for artists to control their own music or other digital content: "If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done."
Unusual distribution methods are nothing new for Yorke. Radiohead released 2007's "In Rainbows" as a pay-what-you-want download in 2007 and also distributed their 2010 album "The King of Limbs" as a direct download to fans before selling a physical edition.