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‘ocean (bloom)’ First Listen: Radiohead and Hans Zimmer’s First Collaboration is An Orchestral Explosion

The band reworked their song "Bloom" with help of Hans Zimmer for the original soundtrack to BBC's "Blue Planet II."

Radiohead and Hans Zimmer announced earlier this month their debut collaboration would be a song off the soundtrack for BBC’s “Blue Planet II,” and now the track has finally debuted. The song, titled “ocean (bloom),” is a reimagining of the Radiohead track “Bloom” off their eighth album “King of Limbs.” Thom Yorke provided new vocals for the song and teamed up with the BBC Concert Orchestra for the recording.

“‘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 sequel,” Yorke said in an official statement. “Hans is a prodigious composer who effortlessly straddles several musical genres so it was liberating for us all to work with such a talent and see how he wove the sound of the series and ‘Bloom’ together.”

“Blue Planet II” premieres tonight on the BBC, and the song is included in a five-minute prequel that has debuted on the band’s official Twitter page. You can watch the prequel below, which features the song and narration from Sir David Attenborough, or head to the BBC website here to listen to the standalone track (fast forward to the 51:22 mark).

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