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Thom Yorke Takes His Artistic Solo Catalog On Tour
While best known for his GRAMMY-winning work with Radiohead, Thom Yorke is now touring with his solo electronic material, accompanied by collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich as well as by psychedelic light-show artist Tarik Barri. This avant-garde rock catalog began with his 2006 album The Eraser, recognized at the 49th GRAMMY Awards with a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.
The tour is named after Yorke's 2014 solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, and Variety described the group's live set as an "electro-suite." In addition to performing new compositions and tracks from those solo LPs, Yorke is also performing songs from his 2013 album with Flea and Godrich titled Amok. They called their 2013 band Atoms For Peace, which was also the name of one of Yorke's tracks on The Eraser. The complexity is intentional, subtle and multi-layered. Billboard's review of his first Philadelphia set encouraged listeners to pay attention and be rewarded accordingly.
For a second encore, Yorke closed his Philadelphia set with "Unmade," from the soundtrack to Suspiria, his first public performance of the song. The film and soundtrack album were just released in Oct. 2018. The Eraser, Amok and Suspiria charted on the Billboard 200, so this is clearly art with a large following.
Tour details are on Yorke's website. For those prepared to be puzzled, delighted and entranced, this is a unique live experience, far out from the ordinary.