Thom Yorke is the forward-thinking spearhead of British (rock) music. He was the one who performed a left-field handbrake turn after Radiohead’s OK Computer. The follow-up, Kid A, introduced great swaths of the rock audience to open-ended digital music.
The English artist has never looked back, exploring textures and dynamics derived from club culture, alongside glitchy digitals and dubstep bass frequencies over the course of a 15-year parallel solo career.
Under his own name, Thom Yorke has released three albums – The Eraser (2006), Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014) and ANIMA (2019) – on top of an Atoms for Peace album, some soundtrack work and remixes.
Yorke balances composition and sound collages. He calls his latest effort a dystopian journey (just watch the accompanying ‘one-reeler’ by Paul Thomas Anderson and you’ll see just how). His solo material has an anxious quality to it, and the melancholy shows teeth. Yorke has always been a fan of left-of-centre dance music (club music but not really...), glitchy processing and icy atmospheres, and his vocals tend towards abstraction over storytelling.
It makes for intense music which translates beautifully to a live stage. When Yorke plays live, he is joined on stage by producer and long-time collaborator Nigel Godrich on keys, bass, guitar and atmospheres, and visual artist Tarik Barri who live-mixes abstract projections.
Thom Yorke first played Roskilde Festival in 1994 with Radiohead. 2021 marks his first time here as a solo artist. Look forward to seeing one of the most original artists of the 21st century when Thom Yorke starts up the machines at Roskilde.