A sigh of relief has come over me; Radiohead came creeping out of the woodwork with a secret cache of pure-gold tunes and surprised fans on the edge of their seats with the release of their 9th studio album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’. A decade of multifaceted and unique music has the potential to be torn down like a house of cards, but Radiohead has certainly stepped up to the plate and gained success as a band that has developed a feel that lingers in the bones of dedicated listeners worldwide. The album develops in such cunning conviction with jazz spasms, electronic pulsing, Thom Yorke’s blood-chilling vocals and chronic hypersensitivity which creates an the aura of a human being searching for a dislocated mind in a world for a sensory stimulation.
The opener, “Burn The Witch”, was released on Monday, May 2nd over a short Instagram film with a caption leading to the compulsive band’s website which led to the full track, which blossoms with charismatic musical sophistication and the typical otherworldly, outstanding Radiohead songwriting. The second track, “Daydreaming”, is even more striking as atmospheric whispers here and there amongst the dark drama of the track provide a feel-good redefinition of modern rock which stays true to Radiohead’s eclectic roots.
“Decks Dark” is an oddly uplifting track and short burst of peace which leads into “Desert Island Disk” which is absolutely spine-tingling, cold, empty and anti-climatic and remarkably keeps pace with the rest of the album thus far. The application of mechanical percussion is abundant throughout the album. The fifth track and personal favorite, “Ful Stop”, begins as a haunting, menacing instrumental that carries the mood into classic Radiohead style lyrics such as “It’s a bitter tasting medicine” and “It’s a foul tasting medicine” which emote the feel which background vocal chants that are soothing to the psyche.
A sense of nostalgia washes over me as the seventh track, “Identikit” bounces into my eardrums and leaves me musing upon the potential correlation between this spectacular track and Radiohead’s 2000 release, ‘Kid A’, which features a track by the name of “Idioteque” which carries an incredibly similar feel. The cathartic eighth track, “The Numbers”, kicks off as an easy, ethereal listen which picks up into Yorke’s seemingly mundane disposition yet perfectly controlled vocals which diehard fans appreciate to their rotten cores. I imagine that the band racked their brain’s to come up with the brilliant tenth track, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” which represents a breakdown of authentic communication within our world and the lost of connection beyond computer screens.
The artistically ingenious album concludes with “True Love Waits” which for lack of better words states that true love is everlasting no matter what trials and tribulations human beings may create or come across, and Thom Yorke searches through haunted attics to discover so. Feel free to send this album to your mother: Radiohead has outdid themselves, yet again.