It has been awhile since I posted anything here, so I thought I would return with something absolutely amazing. This is the type of record that brings a man back to his semi-abandoned music blog. This is the type of record that’s so good you want to tell everyone about it. This is thew new Atoms For Peace record, called AMOK.
I first heard about this new band the way that many others probably did, by stumbling upon a live video of Thom Yorke jamming with Flea. The show was a cell phone video from one of the first Atoms For Peace gigs, and they were playing songs from Thom Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser. Having been a huge fan of that album, I was way into it.
On The Eraser, Yorke used cool eletctonic blips and bleeps, a static-y piano recording, and other great sound things. The songs are all amazing, and from start to finish you get more and more sucked in. Watching those first Atoms For Peace videos, you see him playing the same songs, but with a live band. It was really different from the album, yet really cool in another way completely.
I was expecting the new AMOK to be sort of a live album for The Eraser. I was wrong.
AMOK is, sort of an extension of The Eraser. There’s moments that feel like The Eraser, but at the same time new things, like bitching bass lines and crazy rhythms. Each time I’ve listened to this album, fallen in love with a different part.