Atoms for Peace Exist to Lull
By Sonny Forrest
I’m familiar with negative reactions supergroups: “unoriginal,” “it’s a gimmick,” etc. But I’m here to tell you to disregard these stereotypes that have been hammered into your skulls by people who think they know what kind of music you should like. I’ll admit that I may be impressing this music on you, dear readers, but feel free to disregard what I have to say if I begin to sound like one of those people.
Formed in 2009, Atoms for Peace is a downtempo electronic music outfit headlined by alt-rock saints Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers). The act has spent most of its existence as an enigma. They sporadically played shows, and the shows they did play often featured tracks from Thom Yorke’s solo career (the music of which isn’t for everybody). But something happened in February 2013. They released an album! It’s called AMOK and it’s a majestic arrangement of synths and clicking beats and ethereal vocals. I suggest you take a listen. Now, none of the embedded tracks below are on AMOK, but you can find them on the homepage playlist.