When Radiohead returned from a five-year gap with A Moon Shaped Pool, frontman Thom Yorke wasn’t really expecting people to care.
“We expected the opposite,” Yorke told Q Magazine in his first interview for the project. “I cherish the band, but I don’t expect anyone else to.”
The half-decade absence marked the longest break in the band’s quarter-century career. Their previous release, 2011’s The King of Limbs, was widely acclaimed, earning five Grammy nominations at the 54th Award Show. And though Yorke may have found it unprecedented, A Moon Shaped Pool is on its way to similar success.
Since premiering May 8, the album has raked in praise as one of Radiohead’s best. It debuted at No.1 in the band’s home country of England, and it currently sits at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 200 in the U.S.
Elsewhere in the interview, Yorke revealed that “Daydreaming” is his favorite song from the project, and that it was finished early on in the recording process. “It was the equivalent of when we did ‘Everything In Its Right Place,'” he said. “We got that and then we were, ‘Right, OK, this is it.’”