Earlier this week, we reported on David Attenborough’s recent sadness over the state of the Earth (why are you making Attenborough sad, guys?) and that his upcoming documentary, Blue Planet II, was set to drop this Autumn on BBC.
For us, that was enough to get us through the rest of the month – because David Attenborough gives us life. But in an amazing twist of fate, we’ve now been blessed with the motherload. We have no words. Just check this out:
Okay, let’s just get this out the way first….HOW FRICKING AMAZING IS THAT TRAILER?!!!?!?!?!?!?
All jokes aside, we’re super stoked for this new series to come out, and we can’t wait for David Attenborough to come back onto our screens. However, what’s got us even more excited is this epic collaboration between Radiohead and Hans Zimmer (yup, THE Hans Zimmer).
The band and the composer have joined forces to provide the soundtrack for the five-minute Blue Planet trailer, and composed a piece entitled ‘(Ocean) Bloom,’ which is a natural reworking of Radiohead’s song of the same name. With a stipped-down bassline and a focus on the beautiful piano work, the song is the perfectly mix of Thom Yorke and Zimmer’s musical prowess.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Zimmer and Thom Yorke spoke of the song – and Yorke revealed that the original Blue Planet series inspired him to write the original song.
It sort of seeped into my subconscious. I found myself dreaming of these creatures quite a lot. When we came to do all those weird recordings for The King of Limbs, it must have been there. It started with Colin [Greenwood’s] bassline and ‘Open your mouth wide’.
Zimmer also spoke of his work on the song, stating that he wanted to do the original justice, and really focus on the lyrics and giving them even more meaning – without ruining it (if he’s even possible of ruining a song).
In a funny way, I was trying to be respectful and not ruin the song, if you know what I mean. If somebody hands you somebody else’s work, there’s responsibility and respect that comes with it.
You can check out an awesome video of the creation of ‘(Ocean) Bloom’ here (and check out Hans Zimmer’s amazing accent)