Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
exploring a similar electronic palette to his 'the eraser' solo project but with warmer overtones, the radiohead frontman delivers a brand new album, originally released as a download only but now given a very fancily packaged vinyl release.
on this record born of silver darkness, yorke expands on his fixation with pre-EDM electronica - his affection for turn-of-the-millennium intelligent dance music is almost studious in its presentaion here - but there's a scuffed warmth to much of this album, with the warped waves of keyboards gently gliding into a rhythm later articulated by a loop. it feels deliberately understated & as such, it doesn't startle upon first listen but rather slowly unfolds. it's subtle & spacious, charming & controlled & slowly but surely, it also becomes compelling & engaging. For fans of four tet, bonobo, aphex twin’s ‘selected ambient works’, caribou, gold panda et al. "grim urban soul, an underworld of alienated falsetto, glum swells and egg carton-covered percussion. At times it’s sketchy and frail, at others decidedly defiant." - Clash, "demands deep listening, as Yorke's melancholic voice echoes through the hall of synth-mirrors he's built with producer Nigel Godrich" 4/5 - Rolling Stone.
*** pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves. These are printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green; the whole is enclosed in a bespoke anti-static shield bag - a metallised laminated material usually used by the electronics industry for protecting components from electrostatic interference. The bag is printed with neon green on both sides, and has a resealable grip closure ***
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- the mother lode
- truth ray
- there is no ice (for my drink)
- pink section
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