Atoms For Peace’s long awaited album, Amok, has finally arrived and the expectations could not be higher. The band first formed in 2009, consisting of Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nigel Godrich, a Radiohead producer, and Joey Waronker of R.E.M. When the band first formed, they only played pre-existing songs from Thom Yorke’s solo album and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ B-sides. It wasn’t until 2011 that Amok was finally announced. The wait was completely worth it.
Considering who makes up Atoms For Peace, the album sounds completely unexpected. It could be described as experimental rock, psychedelic trance, or even alternative. Needless to say, anyone who is expecting the album to sound like a mix of Radiohead, the Chili Peppers, and R.E.M will be surprised. Although the album is different, it is different in a very pleasurable way. It’s amazing to see how each member can come from such different genres of music and create something so unique and perfect.
The songs on the album are very easy to listen to and almost put the listener in a trance. The closest comparison that can be made to a past Radiohead album is probably In Rainbows. But this isn’t a very concrete comparison, and is similar to the Death Cab For Cutie vs. Postal Service discussion.
Thom Yorke once again sports his high-pitched vocals and barely understandable lyrics, all mixed with bizarre synths and soothing melodies to create something different from anything I’ve certainly heard before. Amok is definitely one of my favourite albums of the year – so far – and I’m confident it will remain one of my favourites throughout 2013. It is highly recommended for all fans of the original bands, but also those who are looking for something new. It is available now on iTunes and in stores.