Thom Yorke, the famous lead singer and songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead, talked about his upcoming new solo album “Dystopian“. He explained his inspiration and song writing process in an interview with Crack magazine.
He explained his solo album concept like this;
“There is. Have you ever flown to Tokyo? That jet lag is the definition of an existential crisis, every time. There was one night where I’d go to sleep, two hours later I’m absolutely wide awake and I just had these images… humans and rats changed places. A dream. And as I came out, I woke up with this really strong set of images of girls in tottering heels, but they’re actually rats and the human beings are in the drains. I had another one, these weird images of the city of London and all the skyscrapers are just shuffling along.
The dystopian thing is one part of it, yes, but for me, one of the big, prevailing things was a sense of anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety it manifests itself in unpredictable ways, some people have over-emotional reactions. [For] some people the roots of reality can just get pulled out, you don’t know what’s happening. Then eventually reality comes back. For some reason I thought a really good way of expressing anxiety creatively was in a dystopian environment. I had so many visual things going on at this point. Another one was where everybody was travelling to work but their bodies were telling them that they wouldn’t do it anymore. They were refusing to cooperate, so they were doing these involuntary movements.” – source
He said that he is concerned about the ongoing world events and the album will have the reflection of his fears about these problems. And another thing he mentioned is that after watching Flying Lotus‘ live shows, he got some inspiration.
The latest album by Thom Yorke was a soundtrack for the movie “Suspiria“. You can listen it below.