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Radiohead release new version of “Bloom” with Hans Zimmer

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Radiohead have teamed up with film composer Hans Zimmer for a reimagining of their song “Bloom” called “ocean (bloom),” which is for the new BBC documentary series “Blue Planet II.” The song was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and it features newly-recorded vocals by Thom Yorke. You can hear it in a prequel clip below (with narration by David Attenborough) or at BBC Radio 6 at the 51:22 mark (without narration). Here’s an excerpt of Thom Yorke discussing the new version of the song, via Pitchfork:

This was me lying on the sofa trying to go back to sleep when I’ve been up too late with my son—7 o’clock in the morning, when he was small—and it coming in and out of my subconscious. And staying there. Especially stuff about the deep and these life forms they’d discovered on that series—that seemed to be the implication, that they managed to go so deep that they’d discovered all these creatures we didn’t know about—that whole thing for me, the idea of discovering life that humanity doesn’t know about, is to me one of the most profound concepts. Even if it’s discovering fossils, or the idea that creatures exist. That there’s a history to the place we live that we don’t know anything about, to me is the most profound, spiritual expression of humanity when we discover it.

Radiohead also recently released a new video off their OK Computer 20th anniversary reissue, and Hans Zimmer recently played two Radio City shows, with The Smiths’ Johnny Marr joining for one of them.

Watch the “Blue Planet II” prequel:

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