‘Blue Planet’ Inspires Epic Radiohead-Hans Zimmer Collaboration


Radiohead knows how fragile this natural world is — the band has constantly used its literal and metaphorical drums to thump on about the impending doom and gloom climate change is going to wreak on this world. So, it’s really not a surprise to see the UK band has worked with famed composer Hans Zimmer to rework the band’s song “Bloom” into a fitting soundtrack for the BBC’s Blue Planet II natural history series.

The new song, called “(ocean) bloom,” is supposed to be a soothing complement to the soft sounds of the ocean. Recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra along with Radiohead singer Thom Yorke (who provides vocals), the song will soundtrack the five-minute prequel video to the series, set for release on September 27.

In a press release, Yorke actually admitted that “‘Bloom’ was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark’s sequel.”

The original “Bloom” makes references to the ocean, so it makes sense the band would choose to rework it for the new series. Some lyrics include: “Open your mouth wide / Universal sighs / And while the ocean blooms / It’s what keeps me alive” as well as “I dive into those eyes / I dive into those eye / Timid fish go by.

The band is quite famous for incorporating climate change themes into its music. The most famous example is probably the Kid A cut “Idioteque,” which explores an oncoming ice-age apocalypse. “(ocean) bloom” has a much more genial tone to it, so that’s a bit more heartwarming, I suppose.

Some on the internet aren’t all that surprised by Radiohead’s announcement. Salt, it seems, isn’t just for the ocean.

Despite what may happen to the future of the planet’s oceans, #DadRock is 4ever.

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