By Rafael Velasquez |Staff Writer|
Alternative band Radiohead bounced back to the studio scene with their new album, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” on May 8.
The success of their last album “The King of Limbs” released in 2011, the band had a lot of following up to do.
“I like Radiohead. They bring back some of the old 80s style back into their music,” said student Chris Ramos.
The album was phenomenally done. The music and lyrics portrayed images of drug use, depression, and wasted time, but also with the optimism of turning life around in a positive direction.
“Honestly, growing up I liked listening to their songs because of the mood of the tone which brings up the tempo and brings back good memories,” stated student Abel Salgado.
The joy and euphoria packs a punch despite their low relativity within the album.
Although the music might sound gloomy, the lyrics illustrate essential life lessons.
“With every good album it always takes time to resonate with the listener but you can never really get a full justifiable opinion from the first take until you let it seep inside you and see where it goes,” said student Andrew Budiman.
The song “Daydreaming” uses Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” emphasizing the importance of valuable time.
The song’s lyrics, “Dreamers/ They never learn/ They never learn/ Beyond the point/ Of no return/ Of no return/ And it’s too late” gives a warning to daydreamers not to daydream and take advantage of the time they have available.
The point of the message is to motivate listeners to not conform themselves to daydreaming, but rather fight and pursue their dreams.
“I enjoy the band to be honest, I think that there needs to be more music like Radiohead because everything especially mainstream right now is very just…they literally have the formula to go beyond,” said student Mary Becerra.
The euphoria created by these daydreams leads to a soothing feeling that drifts the listener away from their vulnerabilities.
The listener and interpreter will then feel a sense of comfort because of the psychological euphoria they’re experiencing.
“For me, personally, I think it’s pretty good and it sounds comfortable. Personally, I don’t really like the music like heavy metal or something but I really enjoy this kind of music,” said student Kaixuan Shen.
Radiohead’s sudden comeback to the studio is a promising sign that they will continue improvising their sound to suit their classical sound with a modern twist.
Their new album will not only fascinate older generations but also millennials.
Radiohead will be a promising inspiration to their contemporary inactive alternative bands to fuse old and modern sounds.