Following his December foray into climate-change activism, Thom Yorke’s schedule for January has him slated to return to what he does best: making music for all sorts of people.
Yorke’s original compositions will be included in the soundtrack for the upcoming documentary When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun. The film tells the story of the Tibetan movement for freedom from Chinese rule and features interviews with Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere. Damien Rice and Philip Glass also contribute to the soundtrack.
In addition to composing original work, Yorke remixed a song on Liars’ upcoming Sisterworld, coming March 9 on Mute. Yorke joins Blonde Redhead, TV on The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox in remixing songs from the 11-track album, which will be released on two discs, one for the original material, and one for the remixes. Download Sisterworld’s first single, “Scissor,” here.
Perhaps best of all, Radiohead will be spending time in the studio this month to continue work on projects started over the summer, according to a blog post by Ed O’Brien on the band’s blog. O’Brien reassured fans back in October that they could expect a new Radiohead album. If this return to the studio is any indication, it looks like the band will be making good on that promise soon.