Dance your way into dystopia with the Radiohead frontman
Even for Radiohead fans, Thom Yorke’s solo material can be an acquired taste. When Yorke is loosed from his bandmates, he embraces his most ambient, electronic self, and ANIMA, released in June, is no exception.
“I woke up with a feeling I just could not take,” Yorke sings on “Last I Heard (...He was Circling the Drain),” a line that could apply to nearly all of ANIMA, a record that seems to find Yorke doing his best to wake from a bad dream but finding reality not too far removed his nightmares. And unlike previous solo record Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014) and his debut, The Eraser (2006), Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich propel the synth-drenched dread with propulsive beats. Expect more awkward concert dancing than usual at Yorke’s indoor Express Live show tonight (Monday, Sept. 30), with opener Andrea Belfi.
It’s been a productive 12 months for Yorke. In October of last year, he released the soundtrack to "Suspiria," Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror film. And in August, Yorke released the song “Daily Battles” (with his Atoms for Peace bandmate Flea), a track recorded at the behest of Edward Norton for the actor and filmmaker’s forthcoming movie, "Motherless Brooklyn." “Daily Battles,” though, feels more like it could land on a Radiohead album, with dystopian drones and jittery blips replaced by mournful, haunting piano. Watch/listen below.