Tune of the Week: Thom Yorke’s “Suspirium”

Some people can reinvent themselves. Actor Matthew McConaughey used to be known as a pretty face that lent himself to the big screen for cheesy romance movies. How boring. But then, after about twenty years of that nonsense emerged what I’ve come to call Matthew McConaughey 2.0, in which his performance in True Detective is some of the finest bit of character acting ever performed.

Thom Yorke is especially known for his vocals in Radiohead, which I’ve only liked in small doses, primarily because what I interpret in Yorke’s falsetto, downer, and disjointed presentation… it sounds all too often like the whining of an angst-filled, pimple-faced teenager. Just overbaked. If that sounds harsh, keep in mind that I’m particularly sensitive to whining… I can still sometimes imagine the echo of my drill sergeant’s voice in the back of my head, “My heart bleeds for you,” he would say, and I picture his right hand over his heart as he says it. I’m not saying that I can’t be moved through art or even scenery, it’s just that often it becomes overdone to the point of being trite.

He’s a polarizing musician to be sure, but love him or hate him, Yorke’s success is undeniable. And while I don’t give much credence to the Funny Papers in general, Rolling Stone ranked him the 66th greatest singer of all time. Of course when musicians make such lists it doesn’t matter one way or another to a listener—the music either hits the spot or it doesn’t.

He’s a polarizing musician to be sure, but love him or hate him, Yorke’s success is undeniable. And while I don’t give much credence to the Funny Papers in general, Rolling Stone ranked him the 66th greatest singer of all time.

Which brings me to my Tune of the Week, “Suspirium,” the soundtrack for Director Luca Guadagnino’s movie “Suspiria.” With Radiohead, Yorke’s music often sounded, to me at least, like he was trying to do too much. Yet this new tune carries the magic of Yorke’s voice, accompanied by the simple melancholy discord of a piano and flute. The result is absolutely lovely… what I’ve come to call Thom Yorke 2.0… and something every music lover should hear.

Is it a reinvention? That may be a stretch, but it sounds grown up and that’s a big leap forward in my opinion, and now part of my (short) favorite’s list.

The Music is the Trophy

 

Track:

Thom Yorke’s “Suspirium”

Equipment:

Roon – Tidal
DAC: Bricasti M1SE
Integrated Amplifier: Belles Aria
Speakers: Harbeth P3ESR Anniversary
Cables: Analysis Plus Oval 9 & Solo Crystal IC