Friday, February 18, 2011

Lotus Flower

Song: Lotus Flower
Artist: Radiohead
Album: King of Limbs

I love Radiohead, a band who realizes that they have enough interest in them, and enough artistic integrity to avoid all the typical marketing bullshit and just get their music out there.  After the brilliant idea of self-releasing their last album, 2007's "In Rainbows" as a pay-what-you-feel directly off of their website (they have never disclosed how much they made from the record) the band just five days ago announced the release of their eighth album, "King of Limbs," which comes today.

The album will be released physically in March, but you can purchase a download of the record now right from the bands website here.

"King of Limbs" is once again produced by long-time collaborator Nigel Godrich, and was recorded from 2009 to 2011.

Upon first listen it seems to have the same vibe and downtempo feel of "In Rainbows," though seems to heavily rely on experimental sounds, stuttered beats, and overall weirdness of the "Kid A/Amnesiac" period.  (Think Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors.)

Upon the release of the album today the band posted a very odd little video for track "Lotus Flower."  Check it out below... sort of looks like the guy from Jamiroquai stuck in a David Lynch film.  Take a look and you'll see what I mean.

After being a bit disappointed in 2003's "Hail to the Thief," the only Radiohead record that did so since their debut, I was so pleasantly surprised with "In Rainbows," and album that really grew on me and I consider one of their best. I'm a little surprised how much "King of Limbs" seems to sound like it... though I will still be holding my judgement.  Like an onion, Radiohead's music always peels itself back with more layers that you don't hear at first.  I remember listening to "O.K. Computer" the first time and thinking it was WAY too slow for the rock band they had set themselves up to be... and now I listen and only hear the crazy guitar work.  Slow?

Not to worry Radiohead fans... they haven't thrown out a "Shinny Happy People," this sounds typically depressing.


Lotus Flower

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