Posts Tagged ‘jonny greenwood’

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Radiohead – The King Of Limbs [2011]

February 20, 2011

Post #52.  LP8, though hardly L.  My only disappointment with this album is its length. I want more!!  I’m such a Radiohead glutton that one of the reasons Hail to the Thief is my favorite Radiohead album is its length.  How can you beat 56 and a half minutes of Radiohead?  At 37 and a half minutes across only eight tracks, The King of Limbs is Radiohead‘s shortest album.

Perhaps keeping the album brief is an evil Radiohead trick to get me to listen over and over so I spend more time absorbing the details in each piece.  Well it’s working as I’m on my 25th listen and each track gets better every time through.  Whether this was intentional or not, TKOL needs multiple listens.

TKOL explores elements of psychedelic minimalism, with subtle themes entering and exiting, stream of consciousness lyrics, and droning undertones, which keep the songs from making major transitions as many other Radiohead songs do and give them an inward focus.  Unlike most other psychedelic rock, the droning elements to these songs are interweaving strings and horns orchestrated by Radiohead‘s lead guitarist, Jonny Greenwood.  In some senses the band is lost in this album.  There aren’t any crazy Max/MSP solos and you have to try really hard to hear contributions from Ed O’Brien, the traditional rhythm guitar glue that holds a Radiohead song together.  The band member that stands out most to me is actually Phil Selway, as he takes the wheel for beat-driven tracks 1-5 and 8 and gives the rest of the band room to play and extend the range of their instruments.  The vast sonic landscape explored on this album is also largely facilitated by the work of producer Nigel Godrich who cleverly separates and blends each instrument.  His touch is especially evident on Bloom and Feral.

Here’s the music video for Lotus Flower and a full youtube stream of the album below.

source: deadairspace

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E101: Beginning Electro for the Classical Musician

December 10, 2010

See this page:  https://professorkeanbean.wordpress.com/e101-beginning-electro-for-the-classical-musician/

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Radiohead Singles!

March 23, 2010

Post #31.  You knew it was coming.  I’m actually impressed with myself that I went 30 weeks without making a Radiohead post.  Well, there are three reasons to do it now: 1. Radiohead and various band members have been writing and releasing singles recently, 2. Radiohead are currently recording!, and 3. I get to see Atoms for Peace (Yorke’s solo group) perform in Chicago on April 10 and I wanted an excuse to brag about it.  (And, yeah, I took that photo at Bonnaroo.)

RadioheadHarry Patch (In Memory Of).  Gorgeous classical arrangement featuring Yorke’s isolated voice.  This was written for Harry Patch, the last surviving British soldier of WWI, and released after his death last year.  Yorke’s vocals are left untouched to portray Patch’s state.

RadioheadThese Are My Twisted Words.  This song is as good as any of the tracks on In Rainbows and makes me excited for what they might be recording now.  I love the trailing guitars and light kickdrum thump.

Thom YorkeHearing Damage.  Song from Twighlight series New Moon Soundtrack.  Way to expose those vampire-loving teenagers to good music, Thom!

Thom Yorke feat. Jonny GreenwoodFeeling Pulled Apart by Horses. This track is a pretty neat experiment in musical deconstruction.  Instruments enter and exit as they please to contribute to the creepy groove.   A less impressive track, The Hollow Earth, was included on the flip side of this release.

Thom YorkeAll for the Best.  This is a lovely cover of a Mark Mulcahy song featuring Thom’s brother, Andy Yorke, on harmony vocals.  This is from the tribute album Ciao My Shining Star.

Jonny GreenwoodDoghouse.  This is an abstract classical piece that Greenwood was commissioned to write for the BBC Orchestra.  It is similar to his earlier composition Popcorn Superhet Receiver, which was used for the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood.  You can stream it here, but only for two more days.  An interview with Greenwood starts about 26 minutes in and the actual piece starts around the 31 minute mark.

Phil SelwayThe Ties that Bind Us and The Witching Hour.  Two finger-picked acoustic songs. (The Ties that Bind Us is the better of the two.)  From Seven Worlds Collide album The Sun Came Out.

Ed O’Brien (with Liam Finn) – Bodhisattva Blues.  A basic rock song with some pretty neat guitar work.  You can stream it here. From Seven Worlds Collide album The Sun Came Out.

Thom YorkeThe Present Tense.  Beautiful unreleased song.

source: dead air space and pfork

(all but Greenwood’s and O’Brien’s work is on this youtube playlist)