Thom Yorke doesn’t throw interviews around willy nilly.
Which made it all the more special hearing him ruminate on his new album, writer’s block, and how good naps are in an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 recently. The chat coincides with the release of his solo album, ANIMA, which he discussed at length:
‘The reason it ended up being called ANIMA was partly because I’m obsessed with this whole dream thing,’ he says. ‘It comes from this concept that Jung had. We have started to emulate what our devices say about us and emulate the way we behave from that. I had this whole thing where the reason we can watch Boris Johnson lie through his teeth, promise something that we know will never happen, is that we don’t have to connect with it directly because it’s a little avatar. It’s this little guy with a stupid haircut waving a flag.’
As well as speaking about the speedy process of recording ANIMA, and how his score for Luca Guadagnino thriller remake, Suspiria, was his version of writer’s block, Yorke also reveals his feelings regarding Radiohead’s place within the wider music industry:
‘All I have done, with my compatriots in my band and myself, is try and create enough space of safety around what we’re doing creatively to carry on feeling free, to experiment and be wherever we wanna be,’ Yorke says. ‘Aware, all the time, that it’s fundamentally a business, and you have to play games and make compromises and all this stuff. Centrally, you gotta be prepared to torch it at any moment.’
ANIMA will be released on June 27th, featuring nine tracks, with an extra track exclusive to the vinyl edition. Accompanying the album’s release will be a short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which will be released on Netflix and in select IMAX theatres.
Listen to the full interview here.