Thom Yorke has, in recent years, split his efforts between Radiohead and solo career filled with vocals over mostly electronic instrumentation. Now after touring as a solo act with assistance from some great collaborators — Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker on drums, and Mauro Refosco as a secondary percussionist — Yorke’s side project has evolved into another band, Atoms for Peace. The band is named for both a 1953 speech with the same title given by Dwight Eisenhower and a song title from Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser. The album drops on February 28 and is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon, you can stream it for free right now.
You’re going to want either some headphones or a good system to get the full effect of Amok. The vocals are weary and deep yet soaring and the instrumentation is certainly interesting with many of the sounds leaving you to guess how they made them. It’s definitely worthy of the unofficial title of follow-up to The Eraser but leaves some of the “made in a bedroom” feel behind.