Music to Stare At Your Screensaver By
Proving once again that they are way cooler than you’ll ever be, melancholy and the infinite Radiohead spawns their fifth album, Amnesiac, from their perpetually brooding souls. Their trippy, experimental sound combines concepts from OK Computer and Kid A to produce a loosely structured, electronic freestyle that gives depth to even the little swirlies on your desktop.
Summon the hypnotist as Thom Yorke’s voice lulls ponderous, eerie lyrics seamlessly with the instruments on the track “Knives Out,” which they released last summer. For “Dollars and Cents,” Radiohead melts in a full orchestra yielding a rich, somber sound. “Pyramid Song” speaks the album in one hauntingly ethereal track, giving instant chills as Yorke’s voice imagines black-eyed angels and fluxes with slow piano chords in tandem with electronic effects.
Significantly different from their first albums Pablo Honey and The Bends, Amnesiac‘s pensive blend of computers and classics shows how Radiohead fearlessly modifies their sound to their creative whims. They’ve matured from fake plastic trees to leave a trail of distinctive, individual artworks. As for Amnesiac, listening to it repeatedly may make you want to slit your wrists, but in a really good, poetic way.