Atoms for Peace’s sound lost in space

By Zyrus Cruz |Staff Writer|


Creepy, eerie and unusual sounds of drums and electronic synthesizers as well as a haunting voice fill my ears and I am just plain scared.

Atoms For Peace’s debut album, Amok, was released on Feb. 23.

The experimental rock and electronic super group was formed in late 2009 in Los Angeles.

The five man band consists of Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke (vocal, guitar, and piano), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (keyboards, synths), Joey Waronker of Beck and R.E.M. (drums) and Brazilian instrumentalist Mauro Refosco (percussion).

Amok provides the listeners with dark artistic electronic sounds. The album is made up of nine tracks with a variety of beats, overwhelmed by one seriously creepy singer.

Starting the album off is the track “Before Your Very Eyes,” which has a nice tone of electronically created beats, constant strumming of the bass, scraping percussion, and Yorke’s ghostly voice.

As the song began I thought it had a nice ring to it, but as it went on I thought to myself, “What the heck is going on?”

One song, “Ingenue” has a nice beat that is easy to listen to and is mellow.

The song consists of repetitious upbeat electric sounds and a creative bass that seems to constantly build, but disappointingly flat lines.

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Yorke manages to keep the vocals high pitched and eerie throughout the song as well as throughout the entire album. He sobs, “If I knew now what I knew then/ Just give me more time I hope and pray/ I mistake all you say/ The seeds of the dandelion you blow away.”

If Katy Perry sang this I would still be freaked out.

The song had a nice vibe to it, but like most of the tracks on this album, the creepy voice gets too intense to a point where the listener almost starts to feel uncomfortable.

Amok consisted of TranSiC production, but Yorke’s ghostly persona doesn’t bring it justice.

If you like paranormal voices with upbeat tones that builds but never gives that boom, this album is for you, but if not don’t waste your time.


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