A Moon Shaped Pool: the stunning new Radiohead album
After five years, the wait has finally come to an end! Just when you thought they’d run out as the go-to musical avenue, Radiohead takes you on auditory dreamscapes you’ve never been to before.brunch Updated: May 24, 2016 18:17 IST
After five years, the wait has finally come to an end! Just when you thought they’d run out as the go-to musical avenue, Radiohead takes you on auditory dreamscapes you’ve never been to before.
A Moon Shaped Pool is a triumph as important as Kid A or In Rainbows were. It ventures into uncharted territories for any modern rock band. Radiohead indeed has become this generation’s voice. And at a time when the business of music is ‘dying’, they’ve found new ways of reaching out to their audience. [In 2007, they made In Rainbows available on the band’s website, and it really was up to you to pay whatever you wanted, even if it was nothing at all.]
The abstract beauty in their songs like Daydreaming and The Numbers makes A Moon Shaped Pool a modern ode to art rock. The visceral brilliance and anxiety in Thom Yorke’s unique voice against the backdrop of crafted colourful guitar-work by Johnny Greenwood weaves together a soundscape that will leave listeners in awe.
On May 3 this year – after a cryptic digital disappearing act from social media – Radiohead released the dark and haunting video of Burn The Witch, which paints a brooding picture rumoured to be about the European refugee crisis. The eerie chorus goes, This is a low flying panic attack, Sing the song of sixpence that goes. Burn the witch, Burn the witch, We know where you live. You can’t help but get teleported to this twisted fantastic world. You can’t help but feel the beautiful restlessness of the sonic environment the band places you in.
From HT Brunch, May 15, 2016
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First Published: May 14, 2016 19:13 IST