Posts Tagged ‘Thom Yorke’

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.

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.

October 4, 2014
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I’ve heard of German producer Theatre of Delays before, but it wasn’t until earlier today that I allowed myself the pleasure of really sitting down and listening to his latest tracks, and boy, did they blow me away. I was hard pressed to decide whether to feature his remix of Caribou’s Back Home, or his remix of Thom Yorke’s Interference, both absolutely amazeballs brilliant. I’ve decided to share both, with the Caribou remix above, and the Thom Yorke remix below. Caribou above, only because I’m such a huge, huge fan of Dan Snaith’s work under the Caribou name and I can’t wait for his new album to come out next week, which the original Back Home is off of. Both remixes showcase Theatre Of Delay’s ability to craft unique and complex indie dance and experimental electronic jams out of the originals. The remixes are full of a futuristic spaciousness and bleeping, heady texture, sure to make Thom Yorke and Dan Snaith proud. These are not your run of the mill tweak to formula remixes… these are works of eargasmic art. I haven’t been able to stop listening to them, despite my endless list of new music to check out.

October 4, 2014
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I’ve heard of German producer Theatre of Delays before, but it wasn’t until earlier today that I allowed myself the pleasure of really sitting down and listening to his latest tracks, and boy, did they blow me away. I was hard pressed to decide whether to feature his remix of Caribou’s Back Home, or his remix of Thom Yorke’s Interference, both absolutely amazeballs brilliant. I’ve decided to share both, with the Caribou remix above, and the Thom Yorke remix below. Caribou above, only because I’m such a huge, huge fan of Dan Snaith’s work under the Caribou name and I can’t wait for his new album to come out next week, which the original Back Home is off of. Both remixes showcase Theatre Of Delay’s ability to craft unique and complex indie dance and experimental electronic jams out of the originals. The remixes are full of a futuristic spaciousness and bleeping, heady texture, sure to make Thom Yorke and Dan Snaith proud. These are not your run of the mill tweak to formula remixes… these are works of eargasmic art. I haven’t been able to stop listening to them, despite my endless list of new music to check out.

Thom Yorke – A Brain In A Bottle

September 27, 2014

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Unless you’ve avoided music news, or even just news overall, all day long, you probably already heard. The great Thom Yorke surprise released a new solo album on Bittorrent, titled Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. While I haven’t had the pleasure of sitting through the whole release yet, I’ve enjoyed several tracks already. The opening tune, A Brain In A Bottle, is available for free and has a video to stream. Is it stunning? Yes. Is it Yorke? Yes. Haunting, hypnotizing, and brilliant… It is indeed like delving deep into a maze filled, complex brain. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more I truly appreciate this guy’s work.

Thom Yorke – A Brain In A Bottle

September 27, 2014

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Unless you’ve avoided music news, or even just news overall, all day long, you probably already heard. The great Thom Yorke surprise released a new solo album on Bittorrent, titled Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. While I haven’t had the pleasure of sitting through the whole release yet, I’ve enjoyed several tracks already. The opening tune, A Brain In A Bottle, is available for free and has a video to stream. Is it stunning? Yes. Is it Yorke? Yes. Haunting, hypnotizing, and brilliant… It is indeed like delving deep into a maze filled, complex brain. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more I truly appreciate this guy’s work.

July 11, 2014
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It takes some courage to take on a Radiohead tune, but Los Angeles based producer STINT pulls it off stunningly on his remix of Nude. Thom Yorke’s mournful vocals balance gently over a highly textured, downtempo atmosphere that swirls around endlessly in intoxicating, intimate fashion. STINT also offered up one of the many amazing remixes of Lana Del Rey’s West Coast that was floating around last month. Check out the relaxing, whimsical, and whistle filled take below.

July 11, 2014
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It takes some courage to take on a Radiohead tune, but Los Angeles based producer STINT pulls it off stunningly on his remix of Nude. Thom Yorke’s mournful vocals balance gently over a highly textured, downtempo atmosphere that swirls around endlessly in intoxicating, intimate fashion. STINT also offered up one of the many amazing remixes of Lana Del Rey’s West Coast that was floating around last month. Check out the relaxing, whimsical, and whistle filled take below.