Thom Yorke pens new music from Broadway drama Old Times — listen

Radiohead frontman composed material for the Clive Owen-starring play


Photo by Sean Evans

It was revealed last month that Thom Yorke would be composing original music for Old Times, a new Broadway drama from Harold Pinter. Now, a snippet of that material has surfaced in the form of a 15-second TV spot for the production.

True to the Radiohead frontman’s solo offerings, the arrangements have an abstract yet dirge-like quality to them. Check it out below.

Old Times stars Clive Owen, Eve Best, and Kelly Reilly under the direction of Douglas Hodge. Said Hodge in a statement, “The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a ‘now‐ness’ to the show. The play itself is about memory and love — Thom’s music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke‐style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible, and complex. I’m hopeful this collaboration will result in a new kind of theatergoer coming to our show.”

Previews for Old Times began today, September 17th. The production is set to officially premiere October 6th at the American Airlines Theatre in Manhattan and run through November 29th. Tickets are currently on sale.

In related news, Yorke debuted an eight-minute song called “Villain” during Rag & Bone’s New York Fashion Week runway show earlier this week. Revisit that here.

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