Over the weekend we alerted you to Thom Yorke’s 12-song set at the Suffolk-based Latitude festival, mentioning that he played Eraser and Radiohead songs along with the newbie, “The Present Tense.” We have some video of the performance: Thom — a singing head emerging from behind a bunch of equipment — jokingly introduced the spare, downcast, and somehow familiar track as “a new song, so you know, go for a piss.” As expected, more than a few people held their bladders and stuck around to hear it out.

(via atease).

[Pic by Gab.]

So, that’s the second peep from Yorke in a week. If you missed his stab at Miracle Legion’s “All For The Best,” don’t.

Comments (37)
  1. dru  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    guitar reminds me a lot of his black swan song

  2. John Flipop  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    What I don’t get is the timing of chord C against chord D in the symposium song that starts off at four minutes and ten seconds into the album. is it me or does that remind you of a hippopoatomas dancing in the wind?

  3. Rueben Chili  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    I wouldn’t say a hippo, but rather a gentle minx rubbing against a bushy beard.

  4. Frank Giocciapolis  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    You are comparing the amazing work of Thom Yorke to a minx rubbing on a beard and a hippo dancing in the wind? The man is a genius. Give him some credit and at least compare him to a lovely little swan gently flapping its wings amongst the summer breeze as fish swim below its feet. The sweet sweet wing flapping of a swan.

  5. Love that guitar line.

  6. Blue Cloud Sunburn  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    …Elvis should have done “Homesick Alien” on his Hawaii special…

  7. I love Thom Yorke, but I’m worried for him. Like how he’s going to do music for the Twilight sequel.

  8. Simon  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    I was there! It was an excellent set, Thom clearly in a good mood (jokes, even) and playing some fine reconfigured versions of The Eraser songs (I haven’t checked YouTube but Harrowdown Hill was a particular standout) and the odd Radiohead song, including Follow Me Around and True Love Waits.

  9. er  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 0

    this video of it is much better:

  10. What a beautiful tune. Hope he’ll record it this way and not opt in for full on electronics.

  11. Gab  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2009 0

    Hey that’s my photo of the setlist there !!!

  12. Jeff  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2009 0

    Thom did FOLLOW ME AROUND? Where is THAT video? Love that song, and Radiohead has never released it….

  13. Matt  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2009 0


  14. jOsS  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2009 0

    i really love band, specially Thom Yorke he is a true genious, also he is handsome and lovely, I hope to receive more information about Radiohead and Thom Yorke.

  15. What is it? This song is like…it just bugs me like mosquitoes under a hot light.
    I know most fans think he’s a genius but i definitely do not fall into that camp.
    Some rock stars just think too much…

  16. Chrisser  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    Ooohhh. Another beauty. Who thinks this is a Radiohead track and who thinks it’s new Thom solo stuff? I vote Radiohead I hope. That song would be highly intense with the whole band adding to that already awesome dark guitar.

  17. anon  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    This is going to be amazing.

  18. Anonymous  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    It’s days like this i wish to god i lived in the UK. Those lucky bastards!! I’d have given anything to be there.

    For anyone interested, you can download a great recording of the entire set here:

  19. auto  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    really don’t like this guy. wish he would leave

  20. dionne  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

    hey not even technically minded to listen to this yet but you can not dis thom i’ve been listening to him and all his rapture inducing music for a long time and he is the master and so say all of us

  21. dionne  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

    love the t shirt lost guitars in you im lost

  22. Jack  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

    I will admit that at first I found this to be very boring, then later on in the day I realized I couldn’t get it out of my head!

    Now I can’t stop listening to it! Thom does it again!

  23. Trevor  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

    “Cause I’m not going to Bitch!”

  24. understood  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2009 0

    I didn’t notice before, but looking at that setlist, it looks like we almost got another new one called “Give Up Ghost.”

  25. I wonder if this song is still a work-in-progress. Could’ve fit well on The Eraser.

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