Atoms For Peace - Amok - Thom Yorke - 2013 Electronic Rock - Sealed 2LP
Atoms For Peace - Amok
XL Recordings – XLLP583
2 × Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album
Includes download code.
25 Feb 2013
IDM, Indie Rock
A1 Before Your Very Eyes...
C2 Stuck Together Pieces
D1 Judge Jury And Executioner
D2 Reverse Running
Published By – Kobalt Music Group Limited
Published By – Al Herbert Music
Published By – Fluff Ball Music
Published By – Seven Waves Music
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Artwork [Lost Angeles Lost] – Stanley Donwood
Bass – Flea
Drums – Joey Waronker
Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Drew Brown
Engineer [Live Recording] – Darrell Thorp
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Percussion – Mauro Refosco
Producer, Programmed By – Nigel Godrich
Vocals, Keyboards, Programmed By, Guitar – Thom Yorke
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Label Code: LC 05667
Matrix / Runout (Side A, pressed): XLLP583 140546M1/A
Matrix / Runout (Side B, pressed): XLLP583 140546M2/A
Matrix / Runout (Side C, pressed): XLLP583 140546M3/A
Matrix / Runout (Side D, pressed): XLLP583 140546M4/A
Ever since 1995's huge "The Bends", Radiohead have become huge without necessarily trying : a three year absence, resulting in the very different "Kid A"/"Amnesiac" could have decimated their career - certainly other, better bands have recoiled from fame the same way and doomed themselves to a life of penury. Now, two decades on, Radiohead operate in their own world. In the meantime, Thom Yorke has a second career. Though ostensibly a debut, "Amok" is really the second Thom Yorke solo album under a band name, using the same musicians that toured the "Eraser" debut a few years ago.
This project according to Yorke was the product of a session which involved rather too much wine and spirits where he and Flea ended up "tired and emotional" after spending hours listening to Fela Kuti. The influence of African funk rhythms can be clearly located on "AMOK" not least on the nice opener "Before your very eyes" but if anything the star of the show is Goodrich whose synth playing is everywhere. Overall "Amok" is a much happier affair than the "King of Limbs" although in parts its does have some experimentation that's a bit undercooked and for this reviewer doesn't have the immediacy of "Eraser". The album is about shifts and contrasts no more so than on track such as the excellent "Default" with its slabs of synth and typical Yorke lyrics about "making my bed and lying in it". Fourth song "Dropped" is possibly the best thing on "Amok". It is darkly twisted and has a beautifully cynical York vocal which echoes back to "Hail to the Thief" era Radiohead. Some songs however such as "Unless" are exercises for the band to show their virtuosity with Flea's slap bass pushing the vehicle forward, but are they great listens? The song "Stuck together pieces" could be a subtitle for the album and is a nice funky little beast with a twist of underlying threat. "Judge, jury and executioner" has an angelic choir like backdrop and really does show the worth of the project where all the sum of the parts fit. The same is true of the fascinating "Reverse Running" and although the debt to Aphex Twin is clear its buzzy six minutes are hugely enjoyable. Not so the title track which is meticulously constructed and clever but does show Yorke's tendency to self sabotage as you sense there is a better song in here waiting to get out.
"Amok" is a difficult record, but not a perverse one : it requires the old fashioned virtues of paying attention - and lots of it - and repeated listening. Nothing on here will get played on the radio - then again, who cares what is played on the radio? The vast majority of it is absolute drivel anyway. This, an extension of "The Eraser", is a sequel. The same but more. The record ends at the same place it started, which is with little sense of drama or completion.
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