We had a feeling that Tomorrow’s Harvest, the hotly anticipated new album from Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada, would be a dark affair—they’ve released strange snippets of creepy ambiance in a secretive, puzzle-ish way—and now “Reach For The Dead,” initially broadcast in Japan, confirms it. Almost by title alone. Below, hear the band’s first new music in seven years, set to a vivid short film by Neil Krug.
The visuals, like the song, attain a weird beauty that’s in part dependent upon a crucial absence: there are no people to see in these barren landscapes, and no vocals to hear in this sun-blasted desert of sound. It would seem BoC has gone more minimal than usual this time out: for the first half of this you get the impression you’re listening to an unusually subdued John Carpenter track. When the synth arpeggios and drums drop in, it’s more like John Carpenter end credits.
In other words, yes, it’s a bit spooky. It also seems to have quickly ignited a debate about who can claim responsibility for this type of moody set piece: over on YouTube they’re arguing about whether this rips off middle-era Radiohead. For reference, BoC’s Music Has the Right to Children was 1998, and Kid A the year 2000, so we’re pretty sure Thom Yorke was influenced by them rather than vice versa. Either way, an arresting new piece that promises to be but a part of a larger and masterful suite.
Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich of Atoms For Peace performed in Berlin last night as part of their album launch for Amok and then did BBC Radio 1’s show Essential Mix, where Yorke played previously unreleased music.
In addition to playing Diplo, Blaqstarr, Aphex Twin, and other music, Yorke played the previously unheard Radiohead song Harmonics Loop and his own song Has Been. You can listen to the whole program streaming from the BBC’s web site here.
Stereogum’s also got video from Atoms For Peace’s show in Berlin’s Berghain Club, which you can watch below.
Atoms For Peace is performing in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, March 14, for their stateside album launch.
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It’s been a little over a year since Radiohead released their latest record, The King of Limbs, uniting indie rockers and frat boys as only a band as widely adored as Radiohead can. Sure, the band just played a pair of shows at Coachella, but otherwise things have been quiet on the Radiohead front — or have they?
As fans might remember, the group’s frontman, Thom Yorke, played a short tour in 2010 with a group called Atoms for Peace, featuring the talents of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. And while that group has supposedly been working on an album, a more interesting nugget come in the form of a DJ set that Yorke and Godrich put on Friday night at a party Beastie Boy Mike D. threw in Los Angeles, according to At Ease.
The duo played five new songs with Yorke on vocals, which the blog notes could be “tracks from the highly anticipated Atoms For Peace album.”
We’re not sure about that, but you can check out the cuts for yourself below.
Last night, King of the Dolphins Thom Yorke and his band in that haven of garden-variety hipness: Miami. Radiohead pulled heavily from their most recent full-length, The King of Limbs, which you probably heard for about five minutes and then passed out, woke up, and forgot it existed. Those still awake last night were treated to two new Radiohead songs, "Identikit" and "Cut A Hole." They’re both pretty good if you’re into that sort of thing. "Cut A Hole," particularly, exhibits those classic Radiohead symptoms (in a good way) — a thumping beat, Thom Yorke’s wailing and warbling, and that general feeling of "this is unsettling, but kinda cool, I guess."
Peep the videos below:
Consequence of Sound has the rest of their setlist, which decidedly needed more "Fake Plastic Trees." Look for Yorke and co. to premiere more new materials on the tour, which include headlining spots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, the BBK Festival in Spain, and Fuji Rock in Japan.
And here’s that dance one more time for good measure:
“It’s Friday… It’s almost the weekend… It’s a full moon….” all legitimate reasons – perhaps in order of importance — that Radiohead gave for releasing their new album The King of Limbs a day early, after announcing its completion only a week ago. On Monday the band revealed that the album was finished, ready to go and would arrive on Saturday. But in a pleasant twist, Yorke and crew have premiered the album today, just to say: TGIF.
According to an official statement, “With everything ready on their website, the band decided to bring forward the release rather than wait until the previously announced date of Saturday, Feb. 19 to deliver the music.” We’d prefer to stick with “Friday” “almost the weekend” and “it’s a full moon.” But, yeah – that’s cool too.
Radiohead also unveiled the visuals for their new single ‘Lotus’ and Thom Yorke’s dance moves are certainly ideal for celebrating the full moon this weekend.
If the singer of Radiohead, the former frontman of Roxy Music, and BlackBook‘s September cover star release a single for the UK’s armed forces, does it make a sound? In the case of “2 Minute Silence,” actually, no. Along with British prime minister David Cameron, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? actor Bob Hoskins, and tennis star Andy Murray, the trio of musicians will release the track to iTunes on Nov. 7. Rather than a 60-years-later response to John Cage, the single was conceived in commemoration of Britain’s Remembrance Day, with all proceeds benefiting British military veterans. “Rather than record a song, we felt the UK public would recognize the poignancy of silence and its clear association with remembrance,” explained Chris Simpkins, the Director General of the Royal British League. Totally genius or supremely lazy?
Packaged with the track will be a video of the “songwriters” staring into the camera silently. Watch the 11-second teaser below:
Hey, Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, a band so staggeringly successful and popular that you were able to turn a profit just by asking people to pay for your last album, what are your opinions on the future of the music industry? “[It’ll be] only a matter of time, months rather than years before the music business establishment completely folds.” Yeesh, that’s too bad, Thom Yorke. How do you feel about this? Meh. “No great loss to the world.” Cold, Thom. Hey, everyone who works in the music industry, “Get Out Of There!” I hope it’s not too late.
● Thom Yorke has announced a short U.S. tour with his side project Atoms For Peace. But when will Radiohead come? [A.V. Club] ● See the new font called “effing.” Ingenious use of body parts. [Alex Merto] ● Madonna secured boy toy Jesus Luz a record deal on the Warner Music label. Since abs are apparently all that are required, expect The Situation to land a deal soon. [The Sun] ● Earlier today, the fashion world turned out for Alexander McQueen’s funeral. Guests included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Stella McCartney. [The Telegraph]
● The Johnny Cash song ‘Guess Things Happen That Way’ was the 10 billionth song downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Store. The lucky downloader was Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, GA. [ABC News] ● In other celebrity news, a long lost letter from René Descartes surfaced in an eastern Pennsylvania college. The letter had been missing since it was stolen in the mid 1800s. [NY Times] ● The Wall Street Journal landed an incredibly entertaining interview with Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. [WSJ]