THOM YORKE has given the strongest indication yet that ‘KID A’ and forthcoming album ‘AMNESIAC’ contain similar musical themes, saying the new record is “the sound of what it feels like to be standing in the fire”.
Speaking in an interview in the current issue of the Big Issue in the UK, Yorke maintained ‘Amnesiac’ has been finished “for six months”, and when deciding which album to release, that or ‘Kid A’, it was simply “a question of which gun to fire first”.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Amnesiac’, he said: “It’s about, the things you forget. And remembering…if you look at the artwork for ‘Kid A’, well that’s the fire from afar. ‘Amnesiac’ is the sound of what it feels like to be standing in the fire.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Yorke claims the record features “vocals sung through egg boxes”, and the artwork is being made with “a broken photocopier”.
Yorke also compared the recent election of President Bush in the US to a “virus”. He commented: “When Bush gets in, that’ll be the start. There’ll be real anger. It’s going to galvanise. I totally believe that’s true, and there’ll be a change for the better. It’s like…I know this sounds obtuse, but it’s like a virus. All the negativity you hear everywhere, I think it’s how a virus works, and how a virus works is eventually it kills itself. And I think we’re in the middle of that right now.”
‘Amnesiac’ is likely to be released in June.