It's out next week
Cai Trefor
16:55 20th June 2019

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Thom Yorke’s new Nigel Godrich produced album ANIMA is set for release via XL Recordings on Thursday 27 June, 00.01am, it was announced today.

Accompanying the release, which has been given very little warning because he’ll sell shed loads anyway, is a one-reeler - or short film. Also titled Anima, it’s by There Will Be Blood and Magnolia director Paul Thomas Anderson and is going to be on Netflix.

No music has been released in advance yet and the label give no indication as to what the record sounds like. But a recent interview shows it’s heavy, big, dystopian, anxious and somewhat inspired by former Radiohead tour buddy Flying Louts.

There is from the label, however, the definition of Anima left there for us to ponder:

Definition of anima: an individual's true inner self that in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects archetypal ideals of conduct also: an inner feminine part of the male personality — compare ANIMUS, PERSONA.

And in an earlier interview with Spanish paper El Mundo he said: "I'm trying to finish a record with Nigel [Godrich]… It is very electronic, but different from what I had done so far. The method has been… a strange process by which we build a song in the studio, we break it later, we rebuild it with a live mix and it comes out differently again, and then that's what we recorded.

"We have improvised many sounds and effects. It has been a very rare way of making an album, which is very exciting."

Elsewhere, Thom Yorke has been making the news for turning a situation of blackmail into an altruistic opportunity. Held ransom by an individual who hacked a computer with 18 hours of demos, originally recorded on mini dics between 1995 and 1998. Instead of giving in, he made it available for £18 on Bandcamp and is giving all proceeds to Extinction Rebellion.

ANIMA Tracklisting. Pre-order here.

‘Last I Heard (…He Was Circling The Drain)’
‘Dawn Chorus’
‘I Am A Very Rude Person’
‘Not The News’
‘The Axe’
‘Impossible Knots’

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Photo: Alex Lake