Thom Yorke on his new solo album inspired by “dystopian anxiousness”


“Michael Gove as Prime Minister? Are you fucking kidding me?”

Thom Yorke has discussed his forthcoming solo record, which he says was influenced by dystopia, anxiousness, and a “crisis point” in our social method.

Speaking to Crack, the Radiohead frontman  mentioned that the sound of his record reflects “a sense of anxiousness,” and fears that we could be heading for a dystopian society.

“The dystopian point is a single aspect of it, yes, but for me, a single of the huge, prevailing points was a sense of anxiousness,” Yorke explained. “If you endure from anxiousness it manifests itself in unpredictable strategies, some individuals have more than-emotional reactions. [For] some individuals the roots of reality can just get pulled out, you do not know what’s taking place. Then ultimately reality comes back.

“For some purpose I believed a genuinely excellent way of expressing anxiousness creatively was in a dystopian atmosphere. I had so several visual points going on at this point.”

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke

Elsewhere in the interview, Yorke explained how the chaos of contemporary politics have influenced the album. “I feel we’ve got to this crisis point for the reason that we’ve permitted our social method and the way that society functions, the way that it appears at financial borders, travel, politics – we’ve permitted it to drift.”

“It was my generation that did it. ‘Cause we grew up with Thatcher and Blair and just went, ‘Alright, effectively they’re just a bunch of fucking losers living in a bubble.’ And in carrying out that, we left the losers in charge. Michael Gove as Prime Minister? Are you fucking kidding me?”

He continued, with an apparent reference to Extinction Rebellion: “That’s why I come across it excellent seeing now, my son is studying politics, and to realise how a lot [the younger generation] take into account it one thing vital, to be lying in the streets and acquiring involved – thank fuck. For the reason that our generation just gave up. We left losers in charge and assumed they’re gonna do it appropriate.”

As effectively as his new solo album, which is as-but untitled and with out a release date, Yorke discussed his current soundtrack to horror remake ‘Suspiria‘, describing himself as “wildly out of my depth… Often I do not even recognise myself in some of the music I produced.

“He also revealed that Radiohead program to “do one thing genuinely cool” with material from ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’, with the former reaching its 20th anniversary subsequent year.


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