THOM YORKE – ” Anima “

Posted: January 19, 2020 in MUSIC

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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that “Anima” is a somewhat abstract, perhaps alienating on some level, but dynamically amazing exercise.

This album is a sea of electronic beats swirling at your ears and yet, “Last I Heard (…He was Circling the Drain)” almost sounds like a morose classical piece with laser-gun whooshes added for effect. “Traffic” is thick with dense, fast drums. It almost works in moody “drum’n’bass” framework. “Dawn Chorus” is some stunning, near spoken-word. “Not the News” sounds like something Four Tet might put on a record, whereas the bass-driven “Impossible Knots” may be the most accessible moment on the record. Really, this album sets a high bar because it captures such a specific mood with the sound it achieves. Twenty years and change from “OK Computer,” and Yorke is still living in the dystopian, resigned mechanical future that “Fitter Happier” promised.

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