• thom yorke at the corn exchange

    Fev 27 2010, 16h41

    Thu 25 Feb – Thom Yorke

    a transcendent evening, as always.

    electro-beatnik UM, sadly destined to be the perennial support, delivered a lovely set of wonky electronic diatribes. ignored by a large contingent of the crowd, as he growled over some pre-baked backing tracks. thick production and some excellent ideas, and genuine crossover potential for some of the "cheesier" Beck-esque tracks.

    thom delivered a hour-and-a-half long set (including dual encore) of solo and Radiohead material, including five or six new songs. tracks from The Eraser were reconstructed with loop pedal and a couple of drum machines, alongside piano and guitar. Harrowdown Hill took on a cavernous, almost psych-folk vibe, while Black Swan became a rousing exercise in electro-blues. timeless craftwork like Reckoner and Pyramid Song filled the suddenly intimate corn exchange. the new tracks were well-received by the crowd, heavy use of the loop pedal smoothing over rough edges in the songwriting.

    after live staple True Love Waits, the night was over and the requisite stanley donwood sightings and green party canvassing could begin.