Watch Thom Yorke’s new short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Radiohead frontman is celebrating the release of his first solo album in five years by teaming up with acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson for a new short film.
The new record was written and produced alongside longterm collaborator Nigel Godrich and, to accompany the album, Yorke’s short film with Anderson is set to three Anima songs: ‘Not the News’, ‘Traffic’ and ‘Dawn Chorus’.
Yorke, who announced the solo record after a series of mysterious promotional stunts, described the record as “anti-music” and explained that he has been sitting on some of the material for quite a while. “We’ve had most of this stuff for ages, and the joke was, it was really quick to do,” he said as a part of the Beats 1 show. “We set up as we do the live shows for most of it…and knocked it out.
“It was really fun. It was quick and easy and we knew where we were going because we lived with it for so long. The therapy of ‘I don’t want to write a bunch of songs. I want to just make noise’ was great and I found myself immersing myself in old musique concrète and all this anti-music and it was great. I loved it.”
Anderson’s film, last fifteen minutes in total, was shot in Prague and Les Baux-de-Provence and follows Yorke falling asleep on a train. When he notices, Yorke jumps over the barrier and lands into a trippy world where he dances with people.
The project also features actress Dajana Roncion, Yorke’s girlfriend. The film has seen the Radiohead frontman team up with choreographer Damien Gilet, who Yorke worked alongside on Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 Suspiria remake.
York also revealed that his infatuation with dreams and the process around them has inspired the album’s title: “I think the reason it ended up being called ‘ANIMA’ was partly because I’m obsessed with this whole dream thing, and it comes from this concept that [Carl] Jung had. But, also, we have started to emulate what our devices say about us and emulate the way we behave from that.
“The reason we can watch Boris Johnson lie through his teeth, promise something that we know will never happen is: 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…..’That’s all right, that’s funny’. And the consequences are not real. The consequences of everything we do are not real. We can remain anonymous. We send our avatar out to hurl abuse and poison and then trot back anonymous.”