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WTF? No posts yet? I consider myself mostly retired from here, because....well....Lenny/Till/Whateverthefuck.....but I still lurk when EVENTS happen. But I'm the first to post about Ed's new music? Kill me now. 

Edit: Sorry I was rather cranky when I wrote this. Too much CNN/Trumpism. I apologize.

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On 10/6/2019 at 1:23 AM, Skuj said:

WTF? No posts yet? I consider myself mostly retired from here, because....well....Lenny/Till/Whateverthefuck.....but I still lurk when EVENTS happen. But I'm the first to post about Ed's new music? Kill me now. 

Edit: Sorry I was rather cranky when I wrote this. Too much CNN/Trumpism. I apologize.

From now on, it will be: Lentil

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Ed’s album cycle was great. I loved listening to a lot of Ed’s interviews more than his album, but the Tape Notes podcast with him should be interesting to fans of both. As mediocre as EOB is overall, it does have nice moments (Brasil’s beat drop is terribly executed but the folky first half really is gorgeous), and it’s a better solo project than Anima (which has two good songs and is otherwise terrible) or Suspiria, not to mention Weatherhouse, an album I never want to go back to.

Anyway I don’t like the negativity around the EOB album, considering its ambitions are so much higher than what any of the other members did lately. Does it succeed at these ambitions? Largely no. But he’s pushing himself at the same time the band as a whole are resting on laurels and delivering the expected style of Radiohead adjacent content.

If you read between the lines of certain interviews, Ed also seems a bit miffed (in his very good natured way) that his songwriting contributions had to be explored solo because he was never wanted as a songwriting collaborator on Radiohead albums. There are plenty of times when Ed being involved in more decisionmaking on songs may have helped flesh out Radiohead’s music to more dimensions of emotion beyond the expected mellow tense mournful mood (the final arrangement of Present Tense seems like one example where this may have happened, resulting in the highlight of AMSP). Without other helpers, his own songwriting is weak, but this is also sometimes true of Thom.

If anyone liked that Tape Notes format I recommend also checking out the Ibeyi and Rina Sawayama episodes. Ash was one of the best albums of the decade, and I didn’t particularly like Sawayama album on release, but that episode gave me a new appreciation. Caribou also did one, but I found his album so boring and maybe I’ll have to revisit it later this year (edit: Caribou album ends really strong, but the first 30 minutes are rough to get through. I still like Four Tet’s album a lot better.)

Edit 2: Caribou’s Tape Notes was extremely good even if a lot of his music is still boring. Rina’s album just kept getting better and better tho. AOTY for me along with Lido Pimienta’s Miss Colombia. Both were even released on the same day in April, also the same day as Earth.

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For better or worse the album isn’t at all ambient (Santa Teresa was not even included). It’s more like ‘90s style alternative rock, so you get crunchy grungy riffs and softer folkie moments all with a fussy and ethereal Eno/Lanois inspired production. There are a couple of dutiful and dated dance beats as well, so it’s a slightly more electronic Bends in its soundscape.

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On 9/22/2020 at 8:35 PM, no sleeep said:

Anima (which has two good songs and is otherwise terrible)

I didn't fall in love with it right away, I'll give you that. But I feel more attached to it every time I listen to it. And enjoy hearing or recognising bits and pieces of earlier works, but it's challenging too, yet at most time now, I hear less cacophonous chaos and more cohesion. Similar to my experience with Amok.

Which two songs are you talking about?

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Ok so Dawn Chorus, the other was Impossible Knots. So many Animas exist besides Thom’s, Francesca Belmonte made one, Sufjan’s Ascension reminded me of the feel of Anima when I re listened recently. I don’t love that album but it has raw and devastating lyrics to complement the meandering beats, I was moved by it, whereas most of Thom’s solo work lately hasn’t hit me that way, feels more like “I am now being dystopian, can I get my BNM again” rather than “I had to say this shit, I don’t care if the sound is a little underdeveloped and corny.” Thom’s Anima rarely felt like it had any strong impulse behind it, in part because I do think Thom is quite happy these days and his album seemed to go to great lengths in putting on an aura of depression that feels more forced than anything Billie Eilish. It reads to me as a cynical give-the-people-what-they-think-they-want gesture, equivalent of Radiohead making OKC 2. I respect more the boring sincerity of Earth than an artist caving to popular demand, failing to evolve, or worse, hiding their actual evolution for clout. Thom making an album about his happy life in Los Feliz or Silver Lake or some villa in Italy would be interesting, weird and worth hearing.

Jungian concepts feel kind of rich coming from Thom as well, if anyone remembers what happened with him and the late wierd fishee on At Ease. That user was a Jung scholar and always claimed to have had a romantic relationship with Thom. At the time no one believed it, and they mocked fishee relentlessly even though she was clearly more interested in talking about the art of Radiohead than rehashing her personal experiences with Thom. The fans treated that person horribly because of how the band encouraged those attitudes with their image of being “not like other rock stars” or whatever bullshit we now know was a cover for the normal rich dude midlife crisis stuff. Fishee did in fact understand the lyrics of In Rainbows better than anyone else on At Ease, yet no one was willing to acknowledge that until after her passing. She died suddenly, right around the time Thom’s personal life started to be revealed. She never lived to be respected for her writing, or even for her At Ease postings. She was just a footnote in Encyclopedia Dramatica. If Thom dedicated the album in tribute to weird fishee or something that might be cool. Until then Psychopomp remains the peak of Jungian pop.

Edit: not trying to say fishee had to be a brilliant writer. I don’t know if she was because I only ever read a few of the song interpretations, not any academic writing or fiction. But she had some insights and was above average compared to many other fans doing that kind of interpretative work, and what irks me with Anima is that the exact things about fishee that once had most of the fans dismissing her as a flake or even joking about her mental health (the obsession with interpreting everything through Jung, the belief that most of the songs of this supposedly-highbrow political band secretly had personal or romantic subjects, the unquestioning praise of anything Thom did no matter how mediocre) is exactly how reddit has come to see Radiohead and Thom in the past decade.

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