Radiohead and Hans Zimmer Rework 'Bloom' For BBC's 'Blue Planet II'

Alex Lake
Radiohead photographed in 2016.

Radiohead have returned to their track “Bloom” off The King of Limbs to add Hans Zimmer’s cinematic touch. The rare collaboration was created for an episode of the BBC nature series sequel Blue Planet II.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke sings new vocals on the track, which has been dubbed “(ocean) bloom,” accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Hans Zimmer’s direction. The recording will be featured as a five-minute prequel to the Sept. 27 episode of the series.


The new take on “Bloom” is well-fitted to the song’s original muse. In a press release, Yorke said, “‘Bloom’ was inspired by the original Blue Planet series, so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark's sequel.”

This rare rock collaboration only adds to Zimmer’s illustrious resume in film scoring, including The Lion King, The Dark Knight, and recently Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Yorke mentions in the press release, “Hans is a prodigious composer who effortlessly straddles several musical genres so it was liberating for us all to work with such a talent and see how he wove the sound of the series and Bloom together.” 

“(ocean) bloom” will be released Sept. 27 on BBC’s Blue Planet II.