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Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” Reimagines THE WICKER MAN as a Creepy Kids’ Show

It’s been a long time since we heard new sounds from legendary UK gloom-rockers Radiohead, but their return to the musical arena doesn’t disappoint — and neither does the whimsically macabre stop-motion puppet video for their new single “Burn the Witch,” which puts a whimsical spin on a chilling classic of the occult.


Taking a direct cue from Robin Hardy’s 1973 film THE WICKER MAN, director Chris Hopewell and a talented team of animators, puppet-makers and set designers spin the tale of a meek census-taker on a visit to a quaint English village, where not everything is quite as it seems… unless, of course, you’ve seen the movie (or read David Pinner’s source novel RITUAL), which is so brilliantly riffed in the clip below.

Though Radiohead’s fans are likely familiar with the existence of “Burn the Witch” in some form or another (frontman Thom Yorke previously hinted the song was written a long time ago), this recording of the song is likely the first track to be unveiled from the band’s long-awaited ninth studio album — something the promoters have been elusively teasing via Instagram in the run-up to today’s premiere.