- 26 Oct 18
Spooky soundtrack from Radiohead frontman.
Anyone expecting The Eraser Part II can stop reading now. Sure, Suspiria is a solo Thom Yorke work, with the help of the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, but it’s not a standard album by any means. These 25 new compositions from the Radiohead frontman were written specifically for Sicilian director Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic.
There are a couple of moments of real transcendence that can stand alongside much of Yorke’s back catalogue: the hauntingly beautiful ‘Suspirium’, a disarmingly simple piano and vocal affair, featuring some gorgeous solo flute-playing from Russian musician Pasha Mansurov; the slowly unfolding claustrophobia of ‘Open Again’; and the gentle piano and vocals of ‘Unmade’.
‘Has Ended’ is also worth more than mere curiosity value, and not just because it features Yorke’s son, Noah, on drums: it’s a hypnotic drone, all eastern-tinged, lazily swaying rhythm, with Yorke Senior exclaiming how “the fascists felt ashamed at their dancing puppet king.”