Atoms For Peace – 'Amok' album review

It might be time out from Radiohead for Thom Yorke, but that doesn't mean time out from abstract lyrical angst

0

Comments

Add +

Atoms For Peace – 'Amok'

  • Rated as: 3/5

Thom Yorke’s voice may be one of the seven wonders of the rock ’n’ roll world, but that hasn’t stopped him trying to disembody it in increasingly ‘avant’ electronica. ‘He’s like, “I really want to make a dance record”,’ jokes producer Nigel Godrich, ‘“but I have to sing on it or nobody’s going to fucking care”.’

This casual band collaboration involving Godrich and Chili Peppers bassist Flea may be time out from Radiohead, but that doesn't mean time out from abstract lyrical angst, apocalyptic Stanley Donwood artwork or his love affair with things that go ‘bleep’ in the night. Singles ‘Default’ and ‘Judge Jury and Executioner’ marry the jam session and the sampler with a chewy melodic propulsion that reminds you where TV On The Radio got their blueprint. But beneath the impressive itch-glitch soundscaping, ‘Amok’ takes things no further than any classic Warp release. Except, of course, for that voice.


Watch Atoms For Peace's 'Judge Jury and Executioner' video


Users say

0 comments

Read more music features

The Libertines on London, their reunion and ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’

London’s most shambolic band are back with a new album and sense of purpose. We went to shoot the breeze with Pete ’n’ Carl

Courtney Barnett on dreams, ‘fuckheads’ and her guerrilla gig in London

Time Out catches up with the Australian twenty-something who’s conquering the indie world one song at a time

Getting to know Novelist

London’s hottest new hip hop hope is 18-year-old Novelist from Lewisham. Time Out meets the self-professed ‘child of grime’

The five best rap movies

Get ready for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ with the five greatest hip hop films ever made

See all Time Out music features