Thom Yorke wants you to torrent his new album

September 29, 2014 10:43 AM

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So, BitTorrent. Though torrenting is usually associated with illegal downloading, Yorke's payment-protected files are intended to "bypass the self elected gate-keepers" and ensure that all profits go to those involved in the creation of the album. As others have pointed out, it's a shame that nobody thought to flag up Bandcamp, a website that allows bands and artists to set up a profile and sell their own music in physical and digital formats, cutting out the middleman in the process. It's an approach that worked for Michael Cera earlier this year with his lo-fi folk album. The legal application of BitTorrent is an interesting idea, but in requiring users to download additional software to get the album, it provided another barrier to actually getting hold of the damn thing.

For £3.70 ($6) though, it's worth it. Containing eight new tracks from Yorke, it's an "album" in a loose sense - those inverted commas around the word in his press release. Those who have followed Yorke through Radiohead's more electronic work, his Atoms For Peace side-project and his 2006 solo de...

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