Thom Yorke releases new song for Greenpeace

Thom Yorke hasn’t stopped creating and developing his style for decades but, in the last couple of years, he has become unstoppable. 

As well as recording new solo material on the back of a hugely successful Radiohead world tour, Thom Yorke has also created the soundtrack to Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake.

This week saw Yorke release a new song in collaboration with Greenpeace, as part of their Help Protect The Antarctic Ocean campaign.

The Antarctic is in crisis. Carbon monoxide levels in the region are the highest they have been in millions of years, and with ice loss tripling and sea levels rising, the time to act isn’t upon us, it may have already passed.

The Antarctic doesn’t have a voice but we are a movement of two million people and we do,” said Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace, “We’ve seen around the world what happens when we don’t put areas off-limits to human activity. This vast wilderness is more fragile than we might think and plays an important role for the planet’s climate and ocean systems.”

As well as a petition for an ‘Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary‘, Greenpeace have compiled a playlist of artists whose work highlights and emphasises the importance of this ecosystem, as well as the devastating effects of what could happen if it were to disappear completely.

There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint,” – Thom Yorke

An avid environmentalist and campaigner, he was clearly passionate about the project. Yorke’s track, ‘Hands off the Antarctic‘, is a foreboding, glacial soundscape full of intricate and delicate wonder, encased in an obscure and seemingly impenetrable form.

“This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That’s why we should protect it.” – Thom Yorke

Footage from the accompanying video is taken from the Greenpeace research vessel, Arctic Sunrise, from an expedition taken in early in 2018.

Check out the full Greenpeace playlist of Antarctic Ambassadors at their YouTube channel.