Today, when you woke from your groggy, semi-drunk slumber (courtesy of the NFL playoffs), possibly still sour over the fact that the holidays really are over at this point, not to mention facing your first Monday morning in quite some time, did you think today might offer up a glimpse of Amok?
OK, so all you Thom Yorke super fans know exactly what I'm referring to, but for the rest of you, let's play a little catch-up. Yorke semi-recently announced the band he put together to tour his solo album, Atoms For Peace, had such a blast together that they would soon be releasing a brand new album of their own, titled...wait for it...Amok! This is big news, considering the band consists of heavy hitters like longtime producer Nigel Godrich, Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, drummer Joey Waronker, and Flea (you know Flea). Together, only moments ago, the band released "Judge Jury and Executioner" into the wilds of YouTube. Holy shit, right?! Right...
So yeah, just hit play on the player below and you'll be transported into a world of spooked out vocals, glitchy computer programming and bubbly visuals courtesy of Tarik Barri.
But here's the thing... It is beginning to sound a little predictable at this point. Radiohead's last album, The King Of Limbs, fired off patches of schizophrenic programming, noodly bass lines, and sneaky, yet muted guitar work that reminisced of Yorke's solo album, The Eraser, and so does this. Obviously, there's no way of knowing if "Judge Jury and Executioner" is a definitive indication of what else might lurk below the surface of Amok. But from this track, it doesn't seem to matter if Yorke and Godrich throw Jonny Greenwood or Flea at their listeners. The creative output seems to be homogenizing, which is too bad for an artist and producer who so many look to for the visionary, forward-thinking spirit that guides them. Perhaps the more we hear from Amok, the sillier we'll feel about such a finicky, lickity-split reaction. But for now? "Judge Jury and Executioner" is somewhat predictable and definitely underwhelming...back to Monday.