Thom Yorke talks new LP, sleep, and more in new video interview
Thom Yorke's new solo album ANIMA is out tomorrow (6/27) and he recently sat down with Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe to talk about it. "We've had most of this stuff for ages, and the joke is it was really quick to do," he told Zane. "We set up as we do the show live for most of it. We just knocked it out. It was really fun. It was quick and easy and we knew where we were going 'cause we'd lived with it for so long." Thom also talks about sleep and dreaming, which is where the title of the album came from, and discusses its themes. "We have started to emulate what our devices say about us. And emulate the way we behave from that. The reason we can watch Boris Johnson lie through his teeth, promise something we know will never happen, is because we don't have to connect with it. It's a little avatar, a guy with a stupid haircut waving a flag. The consequences are not real. We can remain anonymous...right now we have a Punch and Judy Show in America, another one in Britain, that's what goes for politics these days, and when it breaks, the likes of an Ocasio-Cortez will walk in and go 'Right, shall we get started?'" He also says, "You know you're in trouble when people don't want to listen to sad music anymore...they're turning themselves off." Watch highlights from the interview below.
Thom has a few North American tour dates this fall.