I am contractually obliged to provide you with a few well thought out views on the latest Radiohead single because people won't stop clicking on baited Radiohead links. Don't blame me it's not my fault, I can't say it's your fault either, that's really bad for business and I'm not stupid. I just wish I hadn't put in my cover letter that I could spot trends. I have to sneak through a quota of keywords and trending topics each week. I'm so fed up. Show them you really care they said, justify the gifs they said, here are your Singles of the Week:


Radiohead - 'Burn The Witch'

There is a moment of space after Thom Yorke sings "low flying panic attack," before the song rises, where you can gasp for air. This brief moment allows you to make sense of the old man yells at cloud list of dystopian imagery that makes up Yorke's words when he's in this mood. Overall it's typical Radiohead, the more you listen the better it sounds, the more you notice, you know how this plays out by now. The integration of strings is the biggest hype point, other than that it's just the rhythm section holding it down and Thom doing his best to channel the spirit of jazz into the path his voice takes through the mire. Later in the song when he repeats his panic attack line, instead of getting the extra space you now expect, they suck all the air out of your lungs with descending strings. It's a great trick from a band that have been sick to death of all the tricks for a long time. So I'm hopeful for the album, whenever that happens.

The only sensible thing to take from this whole social media storm is that people that like Radiohead will like the Radiohead single because it sounds like Radiohead, and people that don't like Radiohead won't like the Radiohead single because it sounds like Radiohead. Albeit a Radiohead that switches from verse singing up an octave to OWWWW WEEEEEE OOHHHHHHHH singing without any goddamn warning at all. I miss my subtle build up, Thom, what the hell.


Black Polygons - 'Gradiva'

With this song, a prolific and enjoyable Parisian otherwise known as Black Polygons, alters reality with an upbeat dream state. After four albums of growth, after four albums of toying with my fragile shell, we are here and here is good. Listen to his entire back catalogue and enjoy some retrospective introspection.


Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - 'Seed'

This guy made one of my favourite albums (his self-titled debut), threw another out on Saddle Creek and then disappeared. I interviewed him back then and he said he had five albums of material recorded. After five years of silence I started emailing people asking where he was and what was happening. Then this week he appears in my inbox like he never went away. Only he did go away, and now I honestly can't decide if I like this song. His voice is beautiful, as always. The jangly faux Primal Scream accompaniment, not so much.


Ian William Craig - 'A Single Hope'

When this sinks into itself and becomes much more than you were expecting, beat and all, there is nothing you can do to stop it. Everything it touches, emotes, for better or worse. It's as "song" as I've heard from the man with three first names, it's also the best thing I've heard from him. Fuller, transcendent (obviously), all consuming, uplifting, beautiful, inspiring, all of the things. It is all of the things. All of the things that music can be and all of the potential for more.


Told Slant - 'Tsunami'

If I had any friends I'd want them to sing this with me. Told Slant is beautiful.



Anyway, enough of my shit, here's a spotify playlist with as many songs from my column this year as i could find on there... I promise to give this column all of the care and attention that something that is outdated and overlooked in a couple of days deserves. You can submit your music to The 405 by using your initiative and clicking around the site, although I will unsubscribe from your mailing list. Have a great day.