Radiohead has had a busy year, with keyboardist Jonny Greenwood composing the score for Pablo Larraín’s impending Princess Diana film, Spencer, frontman Thom Yorke urging Massive Attack to reduce music industry emissions, and the entire band making their TikTok debut in a scary “wake up call” post. And as you guessed, it doesn’t stop there.
While speaking at Sony’s PlayStation Showcase back in September, the band teased a mysterious new digital project in honor of the 20th and 21st anniversary of the albums Kid A and Amnesiac.
Dubbed the Kid A Mnesia, the exhibition will contain an “An upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork and recordings to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac” that is also based on “multi-tracks” by Yorke and artist Stanley Donwood (who has done all of Radiohead’s artwork since 1994), as well as audio from Nigel Godrich. This November, the project will be launched on PlayStation 5, Mac, and PC, possibly marking the rock band’s first foray into video games.
Epic Games have released the trailer on their website, and from the looks of it, this promises to be as trippy and cosmogenous as the bands’ entire body of work. Although no further information about the installation have been released, the project will be out in conjunction with a special reissue set that includes the Kid A and Amnesiac albums, as well as a new album titled Kid Amnesiae.
The new album features “a coming of age for Kid A & Amnesiac and it’s joined by a new album, Kid Amnesiae, a memory palace of half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions & unreleased material. All three come out together on November 5th,” according to a post on Radiohead’s Instagram. The set will be available on November 5 in cassette tape, CD, and vinyl formats, as well as a new book featuring Radiohead artwork.
View this post on Instagram
Additionally, you can purchase two cassettes of KID A, Amnesiac, KID AMNESIAE plus B-sides from the same era within a package constructed from microflute corrugated sheet card with a rigid cover of greyboard wrapped in printed buckram and foil-printed with a unique number between 1 and 5,000 ($90). Also enclosed within this box of wonders is a 36-page booklet filled with artwork of great strangeness and suffused with worrisome portents of the future – the future which we now inhabit.
In related news, check out the teaser for Kanye West’s Netflix documentary.
Photo via Epic Games