Thom Yorke of Radiohead writes new song for upcoming Ed Norton Film
A new Thom Yorke song will be heard in Motherless Brooklyn, an upcoming film directed by actor and filmmaker Edward Norton.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Norton explains that he asked the Radiohead frontman, with whom he’s been friends since the mid-’90s, if he wanted to write a track for the movie, but didn’t get his hopes up. Two weeks later, Yorke responded with a new tune titled “Daily Battles.”
“He sent me this track of him on a piano singing it and I was sitting on the edge of my bed in the dark, crying from listening to this song,” Norton says.
“It’s so instantly heartbreaking and evocative of so many of the themes to the movie without being overly specific to them,” he continues. “But so much so, I thought the idea of daily battles that everyone is fighting, that you’re trying to rise up and out of, was so evocative that I went back into the script and put the phrase into a scene.”
After hearing Yorke’s song, Norton then had the idea to create a jazz version of “Daily Battles,” since the movie is set in 1950s New York City. To that end, he recruited the iconic Wynton Marsalis to record a jazz arrangement.
Additionally, Yorke brought in his Atoms for Peace band mate and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to play bass and horns on the track.
Both versions of “Daily Battles” will be released on an upcoming split seven-inch vinyl single. Motherless Brooklyn, based on the 1999 book of the same name, hits theaters in November.
Meanwhile, Yorke just released his new solo album Anima in June. He’ll embark on a North American solo tour in support of the record in September.