Posts Tagged ‘Radiohead’

June 28, 2017

Swedish trio Ember Island’s Creep is such a beautiful Radiohead cover that it’s inspired some new renderings of the track itself, the latest of which comes by way of German producers GAMPER & DADONI. The pair literally take my breath away with their gorgeous deep house single, a purely transcendental listen that lives up to the lyrics “you’re just like an angel”. Ember Island’s soothing vocals and the tender guitars and gentle beats on the song complement each other to the utmost. Download this blissed out gem for free, here.

June 23, 2017

Come Friday, Radiohead will be releasing their special 20th anniversary reissue of OK Computer. Entitled OKNOTOK 1997-2017, the album will include three unreleased songs. They’ve already blessed us with I Promise, which we shared a few weeks ago. They now follow it up with Man Of War, and it’s phenomenal. While it’s no new feat to unveil unreleased tracks that were left on the cutting room floor when re-issuing old albums, Radiohead’s “leftovers” have been brilliant. Moody sprawling, riff blustering Man Of War comes with a music video directed by Colin Read. You can pre-order your copy of OKNOTOK 1997-2017, here.

June 3, 2017

It’s the 20 year anniversary of Radiohead’s seminal album OK Computer. By now, you’ve probably caught wind of the re-issue arriving on June 23rd named OKNOTOK, which will feature several unreleased tracks. Today, Radiohead released a video for one of those tunes. I Promise is a steely guitar strummer that blooms into orchestral resplendence. It’s pensive meander and ambling rock is a far cry from the experimental music we hear from Thom Yorke these days. It’s almost like a time capsule has been opened. We’ve been afforded a rare glimpse back in time at a prior iteration of the band, and we’re more the luckier for it. OKNOTOK will feature a total of three unreleased tracks. Pre-order, here.

October 6, 2016

Over the summer, Swedish trio Ember Island gave us a serenely meditative cover of Radiohead standard Creep, imbuing the song’s “float like a feather” lyric an immeasurably palpable quality. Boulder based production pro Thoreau gives that beautiful version of Creep a deeply introspective remix, installing a brilliant new twist on future bass in the process. Though Thoreau’s Creep is built on a punchy bass line and infused with staccato beats, this calculated meander, a dramatically contemplative edit, takes us on a somber ride that leaves us waxing philosophical. As we muse over the esoteric, it dawns on us. Perhaps this is why Thoreau gave himself the name that he has. He enlightens us with his transcendental music, overwhelming us with dark beauty while driving deep into our psyche. Download the remix from Toneden.

August 29, 2016

We’ve no doubt grown accustomed to Ember Island’s adept ability to deliver amazing covers of classic songs and massive hits, with their latest jaw dropping track a breathtaking and cinematic re-imagination of Radiohead standard Creep. As always, Ember Island’s atmospheric re-makes lead to immense remixes, with Southern California’s Gill Chang offering up the first transformation of the transcendental cover. The gingerly clattering future bass and softly foaming chill trap remix was premiered by NEST HQ, and it’s out of this world. It shoots across the celestial sky, a sonic beauty too divine with feels too boundless to be of this earth. Download the remix for free, here.

August 2, 2016

We can always count on Swedish trio Ember Island to give us incredibly creative and beautiful cover remakes of classic songs and massive hits. Many of those gems have been remixed by buzzing producers, too. Take a deep breath before you step into the magical world of Ember Island’s Creep. That’s right, they’ve given the Radiohead standard the Ember Island touch. The atmospheric, cinematic indietronic re-imagination is breathtaking. Its beauty comes complemented with a magnificent video accompaniment.

June 10, 2016

Lula Blioux is an unsigned singer songwriter from London, and she sends shivers through me with the pure immaculate beauty of her soulful voice on what seems to be her very first single, We Don’t Talk. The soulful acoustic pop song feels like it’s about to break under the weight of aching emotion. It’s brittle and refined, anguished and tender. The only other song that appears on Lula Blioux’s Soundcloud account is an old cover of Radiohead’s Creep, but it’s such a stunning rendition that it’s a must listen. Find it below.

May 6, 2016

It’s been an hour since I first viewed the video for new Radiohead song Daydreaming, and I’m still mired in deep thought over both song and video (crafted by decorated producer Paul Thomas Anderson). You probably caught the news that Burn The Witch, the first song from Radiohead’s new album, was a reference to the refugee situation in Europe. It’s likely this second one is a jab towards the same direction. The sensational video ends very darkly with a mysterious backward vocals section that literally leaves me in chills. Is it a reference to Plato’s allegory of the cave? Very possible, considering the song is entitled daydreaming, and Thom York strolls through various locations through different portals and doorways as if in a surreal trance before wearily climbing his way into a fire lit cave. Daydreaming is a stunning but icy beauty, a profound and philosophical journey that seems to highlight a certain dark flaws within us all and the ways we view the world around us. A return to the savage world of nature, the empty feel of the prior daydream world, the darkness found within it at the end… all of this also evokes for me shows and films I happen to really enjoy, like The Leftovers, Twin Peaks, The Revenant, and more, particularly once you’ve examined the underlying messages within a lot of these items. If you’re curious about what the ending of the song might mean, several people have already posted reverse, sped up, and pitch shifted renditions of that last section, you can find two such interpretations below. I’m sure a lot more will be coming of this in the next few days. Come Sunday, Radiohead will drop their ninth full length album, as of yet untitled, on XL Records. 

May 3, 2016

I think by now most of you music heads have already listened to and watched the video for Radiohead’s dark new orchestral tune Burn The Witch. I myself have listened to it several times, riveted by its claymation visuals which evoke The Wicker Man (in far too close a resemblance to be pure coincidence). Burn The Witch is about as Radiohead as it gets with its menacing strings, Yorke’s twisted cooing, and the song’s deeply roiling atmosphere. It’s also a song whose magnificence grows with each new listen, its lyrics crawling under the skin in a profound investigation of finger pointing and scapegoating, hatred and conflict, things that burden our society so much in many ways these days. Whether there is one particular infrastructure or system that Radiohead is ambiguously singling out, we’ll have to continue guessing. The world eagerly awaits Radiohead’s ninth album.

December 26, 2015

So it turns out, though Sam Smith ended up soundtracking the latest Bond film with his song Writing’s On The Wall, Radiohead was initially eyed for the spot as well. Because of this, the influential band actually wrote a spectacular tune named Spectre, which they’ve generously shared with us as an end of the year gift after their prolonged silence. That’s right, kids, a new Radiohead song, and it’s wonderfully, gloriously moody and beautiful. Spectre is lavish in every way, and so undeniably Radiohead. And it’s a free download, too, right off of their Soundcloud.