Submitted by badger_king on 17 May 2013 - 5:28pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Surprisingly enough, this sounds like Thom Yorke's other album, The Eraser. Full of skittish beats, guitar and keyboard loops, analog synths, and Thom's ethereal crooning over the top. One Direction this is not. More beat driven than its predecessor The Eraser, Amok runs the risk of being just an outlet for Thom Yorke's songs deemed too unfriendly for use in Radiohead, but even in the beats, it would seem that humanity and sense of technology alienating us comes through. Ironic for an album influenced by pioneering techno and electronica, but that's what it is. Like Radiohead's TKOL from 2011, this is very much an album of electronic music crafted by humans, focussing more on crafting drum loops with a drummer and percussionist than with a laptop. Standout tracks "Default" and "Ingenue" use Thom's voice at the centre, crafting increasingly paranoid soundscapes around him as Nigel Godrich weaves his magic. Not an album to be played near sharp objects.
What does it all *mean*?:
It means that Thom Yorke can continue to make dance music like his favourites Modeselektor whilst retaining the human touch from his day job. This is dance music created for the mind and designed for the movement of the pelvis.
Goes well with …:
Strobe lighting, weird dance moves and a pony tail apparently
Might suit people who like …:
Thom Yorke, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Four Tet, Apparat, Autechre, Milieu, Burial