"Daydreaming" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as download on 6 May 2016 as the second single from their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool. The song was accompanied by a music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The song is six minutes and twenty-four seconds long.
Music and LyricsEdit
"Daydreaming" is an ambient song with a "simple, sad" piano motif, "spooky" back-masked vocals, and electronic and orchestral elements. The song ends with reversed, warped, and slowed vocals; when reversed, Yorke seems to be singing "Half of my life", "I've found my love", or "Every minute, half of my love". Several critics felt the lyrics were coloured by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's separation from his partner of 23 years.
Promotion and ReleaseEdit
"Daydreaming" was released as a download single on 6 May 2016 on Radiohead's site and on streaming and digital media services. Anderson and the band sent 35 mm prints of the "Daydreaming" music video to select theatres inviting them to screen it.
The "Daydreaming" music video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, for whom Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood has composed several film scores. In the video, Yorke walks through a series of doors and passageways leading to various disconnected locations, including a hotel, hospital, laundry, convenience store, forest, beach, hydraulic elevator, parking garage, suburban houses and library, but not really connecting to anyone. He eventually climbs a snowy hill, enters a cave with a fire, and mouths the song's closing words to the camera.