Atoms for Peace Hide “Before Your Very Eyes . . .” – Watch Clip

Thom Yorke hints at location with a tweet and emoticon

 
 
Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes

 
 

Atoms for Peace have hidden a video for their song “Before Your Very Eyes . . .” on their website. Frontman Thom Yorke tweeted a hint to the video’s location yesterday afternoon following the group’s appearance this week at the Hollywood Bowl. “Aaah Blinkin’ Hollywood,” he wrote, punctuated with a smiley emoticon. “Thanks to everyone who came last night.” He then included a link to the group’s website.

The clip can be accessed after scrolling right and clicking the “Hollywood” sign, which indeed blinks. It then starts a download containing a PDF and link to the video, viewable here.

The video, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang (Björk, Sigur Rós), starts off with an undulating landscape to complement the dense percussion of the track, which leads off Atoms for Peace’s debut LP Amok. Eventually, a sepia-toned Yorke emerges from the mire, minus a good portion of his forehead. Things get far more colorful after that.

It’s another part of what has become a very busy year for the group, which formed in 2009 but didn’t release a full-length until this past February. In July, they took a stand against Spotify, removing their works from the streaming service, claiming it was “bad for new music.” A few months later, the group began an arena tour, which kicked off at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center. And most recently, Atoms for Peace released a video of their complete performance at Austin City Limits Festival.

Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

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Atoms For Peace Concert @ Barclays Center 9/27

“I’m Justin Bieber,” quipped Thom Yorke, before gesturing to the man on his left, Flea. “And this is…Justin Bieber.” This was the extent of the band’s introductions at last night’s Atoms For Peace concert at Brooklyn’s cavernous Barclays Center. Yet also a good indication of what this project represents for Yorke: a chance to cut loose, and a welcome respite from the (at times) stifling severity his other band warrants. The lanky frontman soaked up every second, gleefully flailing his arms and greeting the crowd with a big, goofy “Wassssup?!” It helps that he’s palling around with a guy whose perhaps best known for this.

The near-capacity crowd at Barclays responded accordingly: arms aloft, sway-dancing, shrieking, and hollering. Given the degree of obsession Yorke and Radiohead inspire, it’s doubtful many were ignorant of their proper debut from earlier this year, Amok, but such a physical response was likely from the band’s nefarious live sound. Simply put, Yorke’s co-conspirators — the aforementioned Flea, famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, esteemed session drummer Joey Waronker, and percussion virtuoso Mauro Refosco — rock, injecting irresistible rhythmic life into these songs. Flea, in particular, is a joy to watch, bounding from one side of the stage to the other with the alacrity of a toddler, and hearing him crush the outro to “Harrowdown Hill” was one of the show’s highlights. Hell, the Chili Peppers bassist even made the melodica look cool (as he did on “Skip Divided”).

Together, these five covered a significant amount of musical ground over the course of the night’s 90 odd minutes. In addition to just about everything from Amok and 2006′s The Eraser, Yorke also utilized the first encore (of two) to bust out some rarities, including Radiohead B-side “Paperbag Writer”, a jammy rendition of rare single “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses”, and, most impressively, his 1998 collaboration with U.N.K.L.E., “Rabbit in Your Headlights” (if you’ve never seen its music video, fix that immediately). Performed live, the typical Atoms For Peace song starts relatively simple and gradually explodes with color, texture, and rhythm, and it was the same with the scintillating light-show, a frenzy of zig-zagging lines and pulsating fields that could go calm and serene during the more intimate moments.

Put together, it was an odd balancing act that didn’t look like one because it was so seamlessly executed. It also, in some ways, felt like a more authentic experience than a Radiohead concert might, at least in that a universally adored and critically lionized man ought to appear as if he’s having fun commanding a rapt crowd of thousands. (Even if his lyrics suggest he’s anything but deluded.) Ideally, for Yorke, Atoms For Peace will continue to provide the yang to Radiohead’s yin, part of a creative cycle of tension and release that yields masterful work on both ends.

While Atoms For Peace had no trouble holding down the arena, opener James Holden went over surprisingly well in the massive space, particularly for a two-man operation dishing out instrumental electronic music. Radiohead have a history of booking adventurous openers, and it’s good to see this tradition continue with Yorke’s other projects. Holden’s presence also served to place Yorke in a broader context, as a key link between the murky electronic underground vanguard and the grander gestures of arena-friendly pop and rock. If Yorke can get a few ignorant kids hopped up on the possibilities of music outside their comfort zone — or get a few hardened cynics out to an arena show — the world of music is better off for it.

Setlist:
Before Your Very Eyes…
Default
The Clock
Ingenue
Stuck Together Pieces
Unless
And It Rained All Night
Harrowdown Hill
Dropped
Cymbal Rush
Encore #1:
Skip Divided
Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses
Rabbit In Your Headlights
Paperbag Writer
Amok
Encore #2:
Atoms For Peace
Black Swan