Thom Yorke Teases New Solo Album With Cryptic Ads, Phone Number, Website

The Radiohead frontman is up to something
Thom Yorke
Photo credit © Omar Ornelas/ The Desert Sun-USA

Thom Yorke is up to something again. The Radiohead frontman appears to be teasing his next solo album in ads that have been popping up in cities around the world.

“Do you have trouble remembering your dreams,” reads the headline in promotion of “Anima.” The ads selling a “Dream Camera” have been spotted in London, Milan, and in the Dallas Observer, and include the U.S. phone number 916-619-6192.

When fans dial the number, a creepy pre-recorded voice message says that “Anima Technologies has been ordered by the authorities to cease and desist from undertaking its advertised business.” An unreleased track from Yorke called "Not the News" is then played “after the beep.” Yorke has played the song live multiple times. 

There’s also a website for Anima that contains part of the phone message and: “This website has been seized by the Authorities to prevent anymore on-line activities in relation to the aforesaid business.”

Yorke has also announced plans for a solo tour of North America with his Tomorrow's Modern Boxes project featuring longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. According to a press release, the tour will include songs from Yorke's two solo albums as well as the 2013 Atoms for Peace LP Amok and new and unreleased material.

September 26 – Laval, QC 
September 27 – Toronto, ON
September 29 – Pittsburgh, PA 
September 30 – Columbus, OH 
October 4 – Austin, TX 
October 6 – Atlanta, GA 
October 9 – New Orleans, LA 
October 11 – Austin, TX 
October 18 – Berkeley, CA 
October 20 – Seattle, WA 
October 21 – Vancouver, BC 
October 22 – Portland, OR 
October 25 – Santa Barbara, CA 
October 26 – Las Vegas, NV 
October 29 – Los Angeles, CA