Posts Tagged ‘thom yorke’
Radiohead go mobile. No annoucement, no press-release, no promotion, no rumors or chatting: in typical Radiohead fashion, the band unexpectedly released an app for Android and iOS devices, called PolyFauna. As Thom Yorke himself states, the app was born “out of early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious. The look of the app should be familiar to fans of Stanley Donwood, the artist behind Radiohead‘s album covers. And in the background you can hear ever-changing loops from Bloom, one of the singles taken from 2011 album The King of Limbs.
The app itself is basically what you make of it. You float endlessly around an evolving landscape. Tilting your phone will show you more of the strange land, and swiping your finger across the screen will create a drawing that you can then pass through or leave behind. You can go on like this forever, or you can follow a little red dot that appears from time to time. Get close enough and you’ll be drawn into a new world, with a new look and sound. Then do the same thing again and again. It is a conceptual exasperation of looping applied to computer graphics, it’s about generating brand new form of life with your fingers, it’s your own little universe built around fractured clips from one song. It might not be a new album, but PolyFauna is equal parts apocalyptic, futuristic, mesmerizing, paranoid and layered.
In other words, it’s the next best thing.
ARTIST: Atoms For Peace
TITLE: Before Your Very Eyes
directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
as heard on radiospin on March 11th, 2013
under download, electronic, experimental, mix, preview, RBR, recommended, stream
Did you like Atoms For Peace‘s Amok? Did you dance to Thom Yorke‘s Dazed Mix? Did you miss his brief DJ tour with Nigel Godrich in support of the brand new full-length debut? If the answer all of this questions is YES (or whatever, well, anyway), don’t worry. Here we are with a ready-made nearly two-hour set, including previously unreleased material from Radiohead and Yorke himself, as well as such s/t-approved artists as Aphex Twin, Luke Abbott, Shed, Oneohtrix Point Never, Diplo and Steve Reich. Always on the run.
ARTIST: Atoms For Peace
directed by Garth Jennings
as heard on radiospin on February 19th, 2013
under album, bonus, download, electronic, experimental, preview, recommended, stream
Atoms for Peace, you should know, is Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker, and Flea. They came together by playing in support of Radiohead‘s frontman’s solo album The Eraser (and maybe that’s the reason why here its almost entirely electronic palette is still a touchstone, even if the organic instrumentation and sometimes fussy arrangements are a technical leap forward). The got a big buzz from those shows and discovered loads of energy from transforming the music from electronic to live, so they carried on for a few days in the studio and decided to make it a loose, on-going thing. Amok is what has come out, highly anticipated by the two singles Default and Judge, Jury and Executioner and the hidden b-side What the Eyeballs Did. This work leaves the sense of something similar to hours of experimental jamming condensed into blistering five-minute workouts. Amok is like the sunrise after the storm and flood of The Eraser, full of dawn light and colour: deceptively simple songs constructed from intricate clockwork parts.
01. Before Your Vey Eyes… [05:48]
02. Default [05:16]
03. Ingenue [04:31]
04. Dropped [04:57]
05. Unless [04:40]
06. Stuck Together Pieces [05:29]
07. Judge, Jury and Executioner [03:30]
08. Reverse Running [05:06]
09. Amok [05:25]
10. What the Eyeballs Did [04:03]
get it here.
as heard on radiospin on January 17th, 2013
under bonus, download, electronic, experimental, hot spot, mix, recommended, remix, stream
Thom Yorke has confirmed details of Atoms For Peace‘s debut album Amok, which is set for release on February 25th. Atoms For Peace are the Radiohead frontman’s side project with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, super-producer Nigel Godrich and percussionist Mauro Refosco. We’ve already heard ’round the web the first two singles Default and Judge Jury and Executuioner, plus the stunning b-side What the Eyeballs Did. To celebrate such a colossal issue (and maybe to make the hype around it even bigger), Yorke has set up a mix of some of his favourite tunes, unreleased solo material and remixes.
Suffice to say, it’s essential listening.
as heard on radiospin on December 19th, 2012
under album, download, electronic, experimental, preview, recommended
Composed as a collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies, Until the Quiet Comes has the distinct feel of this nocturnal trip. From the twitching descent into a subconscious state and the out-of-focus time-ether of the journey that follows, the sound is an unhinged, yet elegant evolution of the melodic and rhythmic interplay that is woven into the DNA of Flying Lotus‘ aural personae. Features guests Erykah Badu, Laura Darlington, Niki Randa, Thundercat and Thom Yorke.
01. All In [03:00]
02. Getting There [01:49]
03. Until the Colours Come [01:07]
04. Heave(n) [02:22]
05. Tiny Tortures [03:04]
06. All the Secrets [01:57]
07. Sultan’s Request [01:42]
08. Putty Boy Strut [02:54]
09. See Thru to U [02:54]
10. Until the Quiet Comes [02:11]
11. DMT Song [01:19]
12. The Nightcaller [03:29]
13. Only If You Wanna [01:43]
14. Electric Candyman [03:32]
15. Hunger [03:40]
16. Phantasm [03:51]
17. Me Yesterday // Corded [04:40]
18. Dream to Me [01:39]
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ARTIST: Modelselektor feat. Thom Yorke
directed by Andrew Jones
as heard on radiospin on February 20th, 2012
under electronic, experimental, hot spot, remix, single, video
A mysterious SBTRKT‘s remix hit the ground during these days: Hold On comes from heretofore unheard of artist Sisi BakBak. And here’s the strange thing: how can exist an artist that no ones ever heard of, in the internet age? Something smells fishy here and actually it seems to smell like Radiohead! In fact everyone has decided that Thom Yorke is behind this (very good) remix, and it definitely has his spasmodic lilt to it. So check out this super secret one (and its robotic-looped video, directed by Sam Pilling) and let’s hope it’s really him or we’ll all look foolish.
as heard on radiospin on January 9th, 2012
under electronic, experimental, hot spot, IDM, preview, recommended
Pilot release for an upcoming random-frequency new RS feature: RS Hot Spots!
Breaking news and short focuses on singles, videos, tours and stuff like that by raising and/or famous bands and artists.
So let’s start with one of the most influencing frontmen on the planet: preparing the path to his new solo album Thom Yorke presents two brand new tracks: Stuck Together & Twist were used for Rag & Bone’s show at Fashion Week in New York City. You may have heard Twist before when Thom was guesting with a DJ set on Mary-Ann Hobbs’ XFM show. Stuck Together surfaces for the first time.
ARTIST: Modeselektor (feat. thom yorke)
directed by Tony “Truand” Datis
Maybe you’ve always thought of Modeselektor as a dance group first and foremost: such is the curse of being danceable, it’s easy to get sorted into that particular category. But just because you’re danceable doesn’t mean you can’t expand beyond being pure dance music and cross over into intelligent listening territory. This is something that Modeselektor is good at and continues to be good at on their third LP, Monkeytown, the next step beyond, featuring, as usual many guest appearences (from Thom Yorke to Busdriver, from Miss Platnum to PVT and so on).
RELEASE DATE: October 11, 2011
TIME: 55:17 min.
01. Blue Clouds [06:00]
02. Pretentious Friends [03:32]
03. Shipwreck [06:10]
04. Evil Twin [04:00]
05. German Clap [06:29]
06. Berlin [04:44]
07. Grillwalker [04:02]
08. Green Light Go [04:45]
09. Humanized [04:26]
10. This [06:18]
11. War Cry [04:51]
get it here.
as heard on radiospin on March 26th, 2011
under collaboration, electronic, experimental, preview, recommended, single
2nd Burial / Four Tet collab, this time featuring Thom Yorke: limited to 300 12” copies.
ARTIST: Burial & Four Tet feat. Thom Yorke
RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2011
TIME: 13:08 min.
01. Ego [06:45]
02. Mirror [06:24]
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