Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace continue to creep everyone the hell out. As Pitchfork reports, there’s now a live representation of their spooky album artwork for their forthcoming debut album, Amok. Longtime visual collaborator Stanley Donwood is behind the illustrations, which have since been painted on XL’s L.A. office, photographed, and compiled into a GIF (see above). For some context on the piece he titles, “Hollywood Doom”, read below:
Los Angeles is, of course, fucked. Everything is fucked, all of our cities, all of our towns, our villages, our farms, our entire way of living. and I don’t mean fucked in a good way, oh no; I mean it in a very, very bad way. Our energy rich and culturally complacent society has doomed everything, and really, we all know this. Or at least, we should do. We have run out of everything, pissed it up against the wall, blown it, spent it, wasted it. We’ve run out of money, of oil, of gasoline, of water, of food, of any resources, of energy, of everything. We are reduced to trying to blast pathetic amounts of gas from solid rock and we don’t care if we poison our water while we’re doing it.
The apocalypse is already here, and the saddest thing is that we’re trying to fool ourselves that it isn’t happening. Our politicians are fucking idiots, our heroes are fools, our industries are dying, our farmland is trashed and our culture resembles nothing more than a self-devouring joke. Our architecture is hideous and our art revels in empty platitudes. There is no future; we have evicted ourselves from our own cities, rendered our agriculture poisonous, criminalised the poor, aggrandized the rich, honoured the stupid and ridiculed the intelligent. I don’t pretend to stand outside this fucking mess. I’m just as guilty as anyone.
Well, now that you’re all prepped to be depressed this weekend, re-stream the group’s single “Default” below, and then parade on over to the group’s website, where you can really absorb the artwork — and also grab a B-side while you’re there.
Amok hits stores February 26th via XL Recordings.