- Vinyl (25 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: XL.
- ASIN: B00AIFTHIS
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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Atoms for Peace: Amok Import
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Thom Yorke says: We formed to learn to play The Eraser record, if you don't know that, and discovered a really good energy doing that.. and it fell into this record.
I'm still reeling from being on tour for much of the year but we are planning to get together and play etc next year !We're figuring all that out right now.
Atoms is a ongoing and open ended project, where it leads i know not for certain.... which is what is nice about it."
'Amok' will be available on CD, Deluxe CD, LP, Deluxe LP and download and will feature artwork from longtime collaborator Stanley Donwood.
A supergroup they may ostensibly be, but it’s hard to shake the impression that – despite the presence of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, regular Beck drummer Joey Waronker and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco – in reality Amok is the second chapter in Thom Yorke’s solo career.
It’s hard, too, to avoid comparing Amok with Radiohead, given Yorke’s distinctive voice and talent for an unusual tune, both of which remain central to his new project.
Here, however, he immerses himself fully in the glitchy electronica that’s inspired him since working on Kid A. Though there are traits familiar from recent ‘head albums – The King of Limbs’ Feral, for instance – Amok has its own restless, simultaneously sophisticated and gauche personality.
In fact, it displays the same twitchy rhythms and occasionally genial sincerity that Yorke displays with his onstage dancing.
Built from three days of studio jamming around existing laptop sketches, its intent is to lend electronica a sense of songcraft, to create a world where digital and analogue blur, and frequently it succeeds.
Yorke’s ghostly falsetto traces an easily followed line through the agitated percussion and nebulous textures of Before Your Very Eyes and Unless, while Stuck Together Pieces’ defining features are a rolling bassline and rippling guitar that drift amidst the muted clatter of programmed beats.
Judge, Jury and Executioner, meanwhile, buries acoustic guitars in a cloudy chorus of incorporeal vocals, its slightness deceptive thanks to a weirdly infectious melody, and there’s a sense of claustrophobia inherent in Ingenue’s befuddled atmosphere and oddly tropical backdrop.
But the more one delves into Amok’s spasmodic content the more one perceives the characteristics that make Radiohead so special: the unexpected breakdown, the unforeseen musical diversion.
Here, though, divorced from Yorke’s other band’s familiar expressive delivery, their genesis as abstract ideas generated in solitude is occasionally too conspicuous.
Nonetheless, while Amok – like The Eraser – is unlikely to arouse the same passions as, for instance, In Rainbows, it’s an often fulfilling and fascinating indulgence. Yorke remains consistently inventive, whatever company he keeps.
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Top Customer Reviews
Atoms for Peace are of a sort of "supergroup" (don't groan!) fronted by Thom Yorke of the popular beat combo Radiohead. Around the table with him are long-time producer Nigel Godrich, the serial collaborator Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM/Beck drummer Joey Waronker and another Chili Peppers' luminary Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco. Radiohead's last album "King of Limbs" split the jury with its freeform, quirky and mechanistic beats not least in its first half. It was nonetheless a grower and in any case Yorke shows no desire to play to the gallery and return to the big rock sounds of "The Bends" or "OK Computer".
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". The 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.Read more ›
Thom Yorke never fails to excel in his art.
Although an almost out and out electronic sound has be opted for here this album retains Thom Yorke’s distinctively melancholic, brooding and almost maudlin signature style.
Thome Yorke and the rest of Radiohead are for me a modern collection of musical geniuses.
Not many around anymore and Floyd, Moby, Jarre, Oldfield along with a few others like the Doors and Zeppelin belong to this unique group, for me, of creating ground breaking music...so you tend to pay attention to anything they do! Lol.
So no surprises here. The vinyl is very well made and package.
First listen, did not get into it. The music kind of aimless... I guess Thom is in his dupstep mode again. Flea as usual with all his funk in his blood, very predictable.
Second and third listen, I gave it another shot. It is a ok album, nothing special nothing fantastic. This isn't his best work, I still very much prefer the old Thom in Radiohead.
Having said all that, it is still a good album to owned and listen to when you feel like dancing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As such a reasonable CD, but compared to Radiohead this is of a much lower quality.Published 6 months ago by Hans Westerlaken
Excellent cd would recommend usual brilliant music from Thom Yorke and radioheadPublished 6 months ago by Mr. P. Evans
A big grower. First bought it in 2014 and can't stop listening in 2016. Thom's most groovy and gorgeous creation to date!Published 12 months ago by Mark Simpkin
One of my favourite CDs - a must for any Radiohead or Thom Yorke fan.Published 12 months ago by R. Meredith