Radiohead has shared a new single, “Follow Me Around”, which will appear on the band’s forthcoming compilation album, Kid A Mnesia, due out on November 5th via XL Recordings. In addition to the audio, Radiohead has also released a music video for the track, directed by Us and featuring Guy Pearce.
Kid A Mnesia will arrive as a three-CD album. The first disk will feature Radiohead’s fourth album, 2000’s Kid A, while disk two will contain the band’s entire fifth album, 2001’s Amnesiac. The third disk, KID AMNESIA, will contain unearthed material from the Kid A/Amnesiac recording sessions that never made it to a studio release.
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That’s where “Follow Me Around” comes in. The only “somewhat” official recording of the track appears in the 1998 documentary Meeting People is Easy, which sees the band performing “Follow Me Around” at a soundcheck in Fukuoka, Japan. Then in 2000, after fans campaigned for a live rendition, frontman Thom Yorke performed the track acoustically in Toronto.
“Follow Me Around” is an eerie, hardly-strummed folk tune that describes feelings of panic, anxiety, and paranoia. The chorus’ titular refrain, “You follow me around” highlights dark verses like “Nowadays I get panicked/ I cease to exist/ I have ceased to exist/ I feel absolutely nothing”, and the video is filmed to match the vibe.
Filmed entirely from a drone camera that flies through an alleyway and into Guy Pearce’s window, the character spends most of the video trying to get away from the prying eye. Each time he sees the camera his panic intensifies, adding even more tension to an already dithery song.
Check out the paranoia-inducing music video for “Follow Me Around” below and head to the Radiohead website to pre-order a copy of Kid A Mnesia. Radiohead will offer the album on a variety of platforms, including cassette, CD, and a 3 LP black vinyl.
Radiohead – “Follow Me Around” (Official Video)