Artist of the Week: Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace (2009) is an experimental electronic supergroup formed by lead singer Thom Yorke (Radiohead), bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), producer and keyboard player Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker (studio musician for acts such as Beck, R.E.M. and the late Elliott Smith) and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco.
Despite the “supergroup” tag, the project has been largely considered the second chapter of Thom Yorke’s solo work and rightfully so: the name of the band was taken from a track of his solo debut The Eraser (2006); their 2009-2010 live repertoire was largely based on the entirety of the same record; and the creative process that lead to the group’s new songs consisted of jamming recording sessions in which the other members would recreate with live instruments original compositions that Yorke had recorded on his laptop.
After much anticipation and delay, Atoms for Peace has finally released their first record titled Amok. If the graphic design shares the same monochromatic and apocalyptic feel of The Eraser (both created by long-time Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood), the songs add a revigorating pulse to Thom Yorke’s trademark signature of meticulously intricate and soulful electronica.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.