About a week ago, it was announced that Thom Yorke would be dropping a new album called Anima on June 27th. Yes, I know that was Thursday, so shut up. It was also announced that an accompanying Netflix short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson would be released the same day.
The album is synth-heavy and loads of fun. The hypnotic track Not the News sounds like there is a little alarm going on with heavily reverberating vocals. Then there is the more mellow Dawn Chorus, which omits the beat in favor of a percussive overdriven synth line underneath Yorke’s lulling vocals. From start to finish, there is never a dull moment.
The Netflix short clocks in around 15 minutes and plays like a subtle commentary on the pitfalls of modern society. It feels like a 15-minute music video with multiple tracks from the album woven together as the undercurrent for the choreographed visuals. While the whole thing is weird as hell, I like that it exists as a companion piece to the album in an alternative medium.