Radiohead’s Philip Selway has released a melancholy piano-driven ballad titled “Let Me Go” in which the drummer/singer-songwriter sings from the perspective of Austrian-born figure Helga Schneider.
Selway sings gut-wrenching lyrics like, “I waited for you to come back, you never came/ I called out for you, you pushed me away.” The song depicts the story of Schneider who, in 1941, was abandoned by her mother who followed the path of the Nazi SS during WWII and became a prison guard for a concentration camp.
“Let Me Go” is also featured in an upcoming film of the same name directed by Polly Steele. It is set for a silver screen release on Friday, September 15, and will star Lucy Boynton, Karin Bertling, Juliet Stevenson, and Jodhi May.
Set in the year 2000, Let Me Go tells the true story of Schneider, her daughter and granddaughter who ultimately discover Schneider’s mother, Traudi, is still alive. It is only upon reuniting that the Schneider comes to the understanding of her mother’s role in the Holocaust.
As for Selway and his composition of the film’s title track, the score (which Selway also wrote) will be released digitally on Friday, September 15 via Bella Union, with a physical component that will land Friday, October 27.
The album/soundtrack serves as Selway’s third release of work part from association with Radiohead. Familial was released back in 2010, while Weatherhouse was relased several years later in 2014.
The album is available for pre-order here.
Listen to “Let Me Go” below.