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After the surprise release of his 2014 album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Thom Yorke has released his third solo studio album (not counting the soundtrack of Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 film Suspiria) the more conventional way. Under XL Recordings, Anima brings us another dose of “electronic Radiohead”. Thom Yorke first showed us that he could successfully dabble in electro music as early as 2006 with his first album The Eraser, and even ten years earlier with OK Computer and the band’s various remixes. His vocals work tremendously well with technoid beats and he’s not afraid to alter them either, sometimes reducing them to a sample which can be cut, repeated and layered, like on the album’s opener Traffic.


This album has plenty of spirit and a lot of heart. Produced by the trusty Nigel Godrich, it includes Last I Heard (…He Was Circling the Drain), a true masterpiece with its ethereal organ combined with drones, duplicated vocals and only a bass as the beat. The drones return once more in Dawn Chorus, a track that you should definitely add to your winter playlist, featuring Yorke’s unmistakable vocals with practically zero filters. Also worth a listen is I Am a Very Rude Person, a funny little funk track with a broken beat and various layer changes throughout. 


For this third solo album, Thom Yorke is clearly more confident in himself and his individuality. His music can be placed somewhere between Four Tet, James Holden, Burial or Caribou – all musicians/groups with whom he has worked, and his minimalist production style is a breath of fresh air in an industry that often piles on too many layers. Most importantly of all, this is clearly the work of a songwriter who pushes his own limits. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Traffic
00:05:17

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer

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2
Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain)
00:05:06

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - Gillon Cameron, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Brown, AssociatedPerformer - Francesca Barritt, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Savage, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Kettle, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Martlew, AssociatedPerformer - Galya Bisengalieva, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Brunt, Conductor - Sergio Serra, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Brown, Choir - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Linley, AssociatedPerformer - Meghan Cassidy, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Zara Benyounes, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Lyddon, Choir - Laurel Neighbour, Choir - Eloisa-Fleur Thom, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Lewis, Choir - Harriet Armston-Clarke, Choir - Laurence Ungless, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Gregory, Choir - Violeta Barrena, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Fraser, Choir - Gwen Reed, AssociatedPerformer - Josephine Stephenson, Choir - Alessandro Ruisi, AssociatedPerformer - Alison D'Souza, AssociatedPerformer - Venetia Jollands, AssociatedPerformer - Alexandra Caldon, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Holland, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Button, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Ovsyanikova, AssociatedPerformer - Heloise Werner, Choir - Rose Martin, Choir - Diana Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Lewisohn, AssociatedPerformer - Ed McCullagh, AssociatedPerformer - Johny Byers, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Schofield, Choir - Lissie Paul, Choir - Nicole Stokes, AssociatedPerformer

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3
Twist
00:07:03

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - Gillon Cameron, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Brown, AssociatedPerformer - Francesca Barritt, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Savage, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Kettle, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Martlew, AssociatedPerformer - Galya Bisengalieva, AssociatedPerformer - Sergio Serra, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Brown, Choir - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Linley, AssociatedPerformer - Meghan Cassidy, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Zara Benyounes, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Lyddon, Choir - Laurel Neighbour, Choir - Eloisa-Fleur Thom, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Lewis, Choir - Harriet Armston-Clarke, Choir - Laurence Ungless, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Gregory, Choir - Violeta Barrena, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Fraser, Choir - Gwen Reed, AssociatedPerformer - Josephine Stephenson, Choir - Alessandro Ruisi, AssociatedPerformer - Alison D'Souza, AssociatedPerformer - Venetia Jollands, AssociatedPerformer - Alexandra Caldon, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Holland, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Button, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Ovsyanikova, AssociatedPerformer - Heloise Werner, Choir - Rose Martin, Choir - Diana Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Lewisohn, AssociatedPerformer - Ed McCullagh, AssociatedPerformer - Johny Byers, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Schofield, Choir - Lissie Paul, Choir - Nicole Stokes, AssociatedPerformer

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4
Dawn Chorus
00:05:23

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Francesca Barritt, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Savage, AssociatedPerformer - Galya Bisengalieva, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Brunt, Conductor - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Zands Duggan, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Zara Benyounes, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth McLearnon, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Lyddon, Choir - Laurel Neighbour, Choir - Eloisa-Fleur Thom, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Lewis, Choir - Gillian Cameron, AssociatedPerformer - Violeta Barrena, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Fraser, Choir - Josephine Stephenson, Choir - Alessandro Ruisi, AssociatedPerformer - Venetia Jollands, AssociatedPerformer - Alexandra Caldon, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Holland, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Button, AssociatedPerformer - Louise Anna Duggan, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Ovsyanikova, AssociatedPerformer - Heloise Werner, Choir - Rose Martin, Choir - Craig Apps, AssociatedPerformer - Ed McCullagh, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Schofield, Choir - Lissie Paul, Choir - Nicole Stokes, AssociatedPerformer - Zinajda Kodrič, AssociatedPerformer

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5
I Am a Very Rude Person
00:03:44

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Brown, Choir - Gareth McLearnon, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Lyddon, Choir - Laurel Neighbour, Choir - Emma Lewis, Choir - Harriet Armston-Clarke, Choir - Eleanor Gregory, Choir - Fiona Fraser, Choir - Josephine Stephenson, Choir - Heloise Werner, Choir - Rose Martin, Choir - Katie Schofield, Choir - Lissie Paul, Choir - Zinajda Kodrič, AssociatedPerformer

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6
Not the News
00:03:57

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - Gillon Cameron, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Brown, AssociatedPerformer - Francesca Barritt, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Savage, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Kettle, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Martlew, AssociatedPerformer - Galya Bisengalieva, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, AssociatedPerformer - Sergio Serra, AssociatedPerformer - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Linley, AssociatedPerformer - Meghan Cassidy, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Zara Benyounes, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Eloisa-Fleur Thom, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence Ungless, AssociatedPerformer - Violeta Barrena, AssociatedPerformer - Gwen Reed, AssociatedPerformer - Alessandro Ruisi, AssociatedPerformer - Alison D'Souza, AssociatedPerformer - Venetia Jollands, AssociatedPerformer - Alexandra Caldon, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Holland, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Button, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Ovsyanikova, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Lewisohn, AssociatedPerformer - Ed McCullagh, AssociatedPerformer - Johny Byers, AssociatedPerformer - Nicole Stokes, AssociatedPerformer

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7
The Axe
00:06:59

Joey Waronker, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Brunt, Conductor - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Zands Duggan, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth McLearnon, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Lyddon, Choir - Laurel Neighbour, Choir - Emma Lewis, Choir - Fiona Fraser, Choir - Josephine Stephenson, Choir - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Louise Anna Duggan, AssociatedPerformer - Heloise Werner, Choir - Rose Martin, Choir - Craig Apps, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Schofield, Choir - Lissie Paul, Choir - Zinajda Kodrič, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Unsustainabubble Ltd under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2019 Unsustainabubble Ltd under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

8
Impossible Knots
00:04:19

Phil Selway, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Galya Bisengalieva, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Brunt, Conductor - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Zands Duggan, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth McLearnon, AssociatedPerformer - Eloisa-Fleur Thom, AssociatedPerformer - Alessandro Ruisi, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Louise Anna Duggan, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Apps, AssociatedPerformer - Zinajda Kodrič, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Unsustainabubble Ltd under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2019 Unsustainabubble Ltd under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

9
Runwayaway
00:05:56

Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Thom Yorke, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - Gillon Cameron, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, AssociatedPerformer - NIGEL GODRICH, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Brown, AssociatedPerformer - Francesca Barritt, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Savage, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Kettle, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Martlew, AssociatedPerformer - Galya Bisengalieva, AssociatedPerformer - Sergio Serra, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Brown, Choir - Gregor Riddell, AssociatedPerformer - Brian O'Kane, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Linley, AssociatedPerformer - Meghan Cassidy, AssociatedPerformer - Clifton Harrison, AssociatedPerformer - Zara Benyounes, AssociatedPerformer - Reinoud Ford, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Lyddon, Choir - Laurel Neighbour, Choir - Eloisa-Fleur Thom, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Lewis, Choir - Harriet Armston-Clarke, Choir - Laurence Ungless, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Gregory, Choir - Violeta Barrena, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Fraser, Choir - Gwen Reed, AssociatedPerformer - Josephine Stephenson, Choir - Alessandro Ruisi, AssociatedPerformer - Alison D'Souza, AssociatedPerformer - Venetia Jollands, AssociatedPerformer - Alexandra Caldon, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Holland, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Maguire, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Button, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Ovsyanikova, AssociatedPerformer - Heloise Werner, Choir - Rose Martin, Choir - Diana Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Lewisohn, AssociatedPerformer - Ed McCullagh, AssociatedPerformer - Johny Byers, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Schofield, Choir - Lissie Paul, Choir - Nicole Stokes, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Unsustainabubble Ltd under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2019 Unsustainabubble Ltd under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

Album Description

After the surprise release of his 2014 album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Thom Yorke has released his third solo studio album (not counting the soundtrack of Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 film Suspiria) the more conventional way. Under XL Recordings, Anima brings us another dose of “electronic Radiohead”. Thom Yorke first showed us that he could successfully dabble in electro music as early as 2006 with his first album The Eraser, and even ten years earlier with OK Computer and the band’s various remixes. His vocals work tremendously well with technoid beats and he’s not afraid to alter them either, sometimes reducing them to a sample which can be cut, repeated and layered, like on the album’s opener Traffic.


This album has plenty of spirit and a lot of heart. Produced by the trusty Nigel Godrich, it includes Last I Heard (…He Was Circling the Drain), a true masterpiece with its ethereal organ combined with drones, duplicated vocals and only a bass as the beat. The drones return once more in Dawn Chorus, a track that you should definitely add to your winter playlist, featuring Yorke’s unmistakable vocals with practically zero filters. Also worth a listen is I Am a Very Rude Person, a funny little funk track with a broken beat and various layer changes throughout. 


For this third solo album, Thom Yorke is clearly more confident in himself and his individuality. His music can be placed somewhere between Four Tet, James Holden, Burial or Caribou – all musicians/groups with whom he has worked, and his minimalist production style is a breath of fresh air in an industry that often piles on too many layers. Most importantly of all, this is clearly the work of a songwriter who pushes his own limits. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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