Thom Yorke took to Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ last night to give a spine-tingling performance of his new song ‘Daily Battles’ – it’s an utterly beautiful performance form the Radiohead singer.
The song was written for the new Edward Norton directed film Motherless Brooklyn as part of the score which Yorke arranged. Norton and Yorke have been friends for a long time, so when the opportunity for Yorke to write something for Norton’s new feature came up something special was always going to happen.
It is truly special too. This performance, especially, highlights the delicacy and vulnerability of the song. As Yorke deftly maneuvers his way across the keys and delivers the radiating vocals.
“I didn’t presume he would do it,” Norton told Rolling Stone of working with Yorke. “I wanted Thom to write an old-world melancholy ballad, and I wanted his voice to be the properties for [Norton’s character] Lionel’s voice … But I sort of said to myself, ‘Yeah, you and everybody else in the world.’”
Norton added, “In my generation, no one has really captured longing in the heart and terror in the head like Thom. He has really grabbed the nerve of the fearfulness of the age that we’re living in and also figured how to create anthemic melody and total discord and chaos at the same time.”
Watch Thom Yorke performing ‘Daily Battles’ from the new film Motherless Brooklyn below.