Radiohead’s barren social media pages now have two cryptic videos, neither of which provide much insight into what’s next.
Just hours after the band posted a 5-second clip of a chirping animated bird, a second clip went up on Tuesday morning (May 3) that featured some quickly strummed guitar paired with a stop-motion animation of what looks like a pagan ritual involving swords, deer masks and a damsel in distress tied to a tree.
The alternative British hitmakers took the unusual step over the weekend of deleting all postings on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, and its Website had gone completely white. Postings on frontman Thom Yorke’s Twitter account also went blank.
The plot thickened when some Radiohead fans in the U.K. received mysterious leaflets in the mail, heralding “Sing the song of sixpence that goes ‘Burn the witch.’ We know where you live.”
Early Tuesday morning the band posted its feathered friend, and then the woodsy human sacrifice scene, neither of which were accompanied by any additional information. Both clips have the feel of classic 1960s Rankin/Bass stop motion specials such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
But what does it all mean? Are they ready to take flight with a new album? Perhaps they’re telling us the early bird catches, well, something. It could be a reference to the Down Chorus, a new company established last October by members of the band and presumably the holding company for a new album, the follow-up to The King of Limbs from 2011.
Or are they just giving us all the bird? Watch the first clip below.