Radiohead Debuts New Track at Haiti Benefit: “Lotus Flower”

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Over the weekend, Thom Yorke rounded up his band of merry men outside of the studio to play a one-off benefit concert at Los Angeles’ The Music Box @ Fonda, ultimately garnering over half-a-million dollars for Oxfam’s efforts in Haiti. With auction-only tickets (which sold from $475 to $2,000), charitable fans (who included Justin Timberlake, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, and Maggie Gyllenhaal) were treated to a “new” four-minute present, gift-wrapped with full-band approval. In addition to the familiar highlights from their canon (“Karma Police,” “Everything In Its Right Place”) and their most recent, In Rainbows, that made up the never-ending 24-song set, Radiohead debuted “Lotus Flower,” a track that previously surfaced in Yorke’s secret solo gig back in October.

In “Lotus Flower,” we’re given moody guitars offset by Yorke’s trademark falsetto, enunciating beautifully eloquent, Buddhist leanings. A preview of what’s to come on their next album? We’re sold. Watch the live performance from last night and leave us your thoughts in the comments.

The full set list [via Pitchfork]:

1. “Faust Arp”

2. “Fake Plastic Trees”

3. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”

4. “The National Anthem”

5. “Nude”

6. “Karma Police”

7. “Kid A”

8. “Morning Bell”

9. “How to Disappear Completely”

10. “A Wolf at the Door”

11. “The Bends”

12. “Reckoner”

13. “Lucky”

14. “Bodysnatchers”

15. “Dollars & Cents”

16. “Airbag”

17. “Exit Music”

18. “Everything In Its Right Place”

19. “You and Whose Army?”

20. “Pyramid Song”

21. “All I Need”

22. “Lotus Flower”

23. “Paranoid Android”

24. “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”