Radiohead‘s long-awaited new album “The King of Limbs” is due for release on Saturday, but you won’t be holding a copy in your hands for quite some time. In an attempt to stay green and cut back on materials (and in keeping with the model used for their 2007 album, “In Rainbows”), the new record will be available first as a digital download only.
The download-only release is just one of many ways in which Radiohead tries to go green with their album releases. In fact, when “The King of Limbs” is finally available in hard copy, it will be held in a piece of oxo-degradable plastic.
The green effort is fitting, considering the title of the album. “The King of Limbs” refers to a 1,000-year-old tree in England, nicknamed “Big Belly Oak.” The album was recorded in a small country home just a few miles away from the tree.
Radiohead’s environmental efforts are well-known, and they have graced the front page of Ecorazzi many times in the past. Frontman Thom Yorke attended the Copenhagen Climate Conference in the past, and the band participated in the planetary art show 350 EARTH in an effort to raise awareness about global warming. The band even offered front-row seats to one of their shows in Paris to fans who were willing to ride their bicycles!
You can pre-order “The King of Limbs” at the band’s website for $9.00 for an MP3 version, and $14 for a full CD-quality WAV version. The album will be available for download on Saturday, Feb. 19th. The deluxe “newspaper album” with extra artwork (and that oxo-degradable plastic!) is available for pre-order along with a digital version for $48 to $53, and will release on May 9th.