Amok by Atoms For Peace
Some have likened Thom Yorke’s newest project, Atoms For Peace, to a supergroup (the band’s members include Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Beck’s drummer Joey Waronker). Yet their debut, Amok, feels rather like Yorke’s second solo album; it’s not quite Eraser part two, but feels closer to that than a Radiohead album.
Of course, it is hard not to think of how it all fits within this famous band’s discography, whose records are obviously less guitar-driven now that electronics are at the fore. Yorke seems more willing to be pigeonholed and I suspect greatly enjoys the freedom of projects such as this, in which he can work without baggage. Those going in with their eyes (and ears) open will find much to like here.
Dave Clarke is a Music & DVD Specialist at Readings Carlton.