Thom Yorke has sat down for an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1. He discussed his new solo album ANIMA, politics, and more. Watch and find excerpts below. Listen to the interview on Beats 1.
At one point, Zane Lowe asks Thom Yorke, “At what point did this album start to take shape?” Yorke replies, “We’ve had most of this stuff for ages, and the joke was, it was really quick to do. 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.”
Yorke also explained the record’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. So, I had this whole thing where, like, 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.
Yorke continued to discuss politics:
People have come to terms with the ideas, like, the only way that
things change is fundamental structural change. And the only way that
can happen when you have a bunch of clowns, is to be angry. But right
now we have this performance going on: We have a Punch and Judy show
in America, another one in Britain that apparently that’s what goes
for politics these days. And when it breaks, the likes of [Rep.
Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez will walk in and go, “Right! Shall we get
started?” That’s what I think.