Stream the New Album From Thom Yorke’s Supergroup, Atoms for Peace

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Feb. 18 2013 2:40 PM

Stream the New Album From Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace

Thom Yorke and Flea perform with Atoms for Peace in 2010.
Thom Yorke and Flea perform with Atoms for Peace in 2010.

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The debut album from Thom Yorke’s supergroup, with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, doesn’t come out until next week, but you can stream it here right now.

As with the lead single “Default,” Amok finds the band playing material often similar to the dance-influenced songs of Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, but with a heavier emphasis on the live rhythm section. That rhythm section includes not just Flea but drummer Joey Waronker (who’s played with Beck and R.E.M.) and percussionist Mauro Refosco (who’s played with David Byrne and Brian Eno). “Dropped,” for example, could pass as a B-side for The Eraser—until a heavy bass line kicks in about 1 minute and 20 seconds in.

While you’re listening to this debut LP from these up-and-comers, you might also check out Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich’s Ask Me Anything over on Reddit. You’d be wrong to expect Yorke, for one, to be 100 percent candid, but his dry sense of humor (when he’s cheerful) is sometimes underrated. Yorke confirms that Radiohead did work on two tracks, including “Identikit,” at Jack White’s studio, though he warns, “we work slower than him (understatement).” Yorke and Godrich also express a fondness for autotune. So, as ever, who knows what Radiohead’s next album could sound like.

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Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 



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