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Thom Yorke


Crossover Prog

3.31 | 20 ratings

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3 stars Progressive Dub-Step?

Thom Yorke's 2014, third "solo" release,"Tomorrow's Modern Boxe"s plays again his abstract environmental concept of "electronic" music, which outside prog or PA, covers a fair amount of sub-taggings. From Dub-Step to "Electronica", Trance, Psych-Trance, Drum And Bass, Techno and to many others electronic stylings. It will turn out an oddity, that this kind of electronic styles or sub-genres will appeal to the average prog audiophile, who hardly considers this to be prog.

I will agree on this by the cold fact of how oblivious the prog community is of their own Progressive-Electronic genre. Anyway, this project is not the best defense for this outside prog "electronic" music.

Music wise it starts with the most memorable song of the album and from there everything becomes a super-extended remix of ambiental dub-step passages alongside Yorke's eerie and boyish manner of singing. Some splendid highlights here and there but composition wise I have heard a thousand guys doing this, and Thom Yorke's proposals are quiet lame in comparisson.

Although the impeccable sound-engineering, (which in this kind of music it is the usual), the un-melodious abstractions as such sound completely replaceable, I mean you could take away or remove any song but the first, and it will be the same.

Referentials>Brian Eno has worked with these structures , even before playing with Karl Hyde, he has many extraordinary results, which could outstand any of these tracks, composition wise of course. Karl Hyde's (not included "solo" here in PA), 2013 "Edgeland" also could teach Yorke a trick or two!

Could appeal to prog Electronics or Post-Math followers or Radiohead's heads

***3 "Good, but there are better" PA Stars

admireArt | 3/5 |


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