Sunday, April 17, 2011
Radiohead - Supercollider/The Butcher 12" review
"Supercollider" is a seven-minute piece of swirling and somewhat flighty pop music. Echoing synths plink throughout the entire song, building gradually to a crescendo while serving to frame Thom Yorke's voice in a ghostly aura. It is a moody song that relies on the ambiance it creates to carry you through to the end. It isn't exactly the kind of track that you'll be yearning to spin over and over again, but it is an engaging and ethereal piece of work.
"The Butcher" is a graphic and evocative song that is a brooding and somewhat creepy tune. Much in the same way "Supercollider" works, "The Butcher" creates an atmosphere, however this one is jarring. The overlaying percussion is unnerving, giving the entire song a menacing and ominous quality. Coupled with Yorke's hushed vocals, "The Butcher" has a disquieting undercurrent that runs throughout the entire length of the song.
Both tracks are heavily atmospheric, and neither rely on gimmicks or hooks to draw you in. Instead, "Supercollider" and "The Butcher" showcase Radiohead creating nuanced arrangements that immerse you into their world of scary teddy bears, political exacerbation and decompression sickness.
Radiohead "Supercollider + The Butcher" by ianbhoy