This is from Radiohead’s re­cent A Moon Shaped Pool, which I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a whole lot, and oh my good­ness what a beau­ti­ful song.

I came to Ra­dio­head late, missed them com­plete­ly on the way up. For years all I knew was they were the band be­hind the OK Com­put­er hits on the ra­dio, but I guess I’m a fan now. I like pret­ty well all of Moon Shaped Pool, and it’s an ab­so­lute pro­duc­tion tri­umph, the kind of thing I put on when peo­ple ask why I still have a big hulk­ing old-school au­dio­phile sys­tem down at that end of the room. The songs are strong but the whole al­bum is a carefully-conceived end-to-end piece of work, a huge wide swatch of beau­ti­ful son­ic fab­ric. Kid A was try­ing to be the same thing, but the tunes and sounds are just more beau­ti­ful here.

Iden­tik­it mix­es mul­ti­ple melodies, all strong, and de­ploys the most beau­ti­ful in­stru­ment cur­rent­ly ex­ist­ing in pop­u­lar mu­sic, name­ly Thom Yorke’s voice. I can’t make sense of the lyrics, but I on­ly put about fif­teen sec­onds in­to try­ing to make them out which is about ten sec­onds more than I usu­al­ly de­vote to pop word­s.

Another thing to like here is the song’s clean em­phat­ic end­ing. Maybe it’s be­cause I lis­ten to and some­times play clas­si­cal mu­sic, but I do think a great song should come to a great end; few pop mu­si­cians pay enough at­ten­tion to this.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · iTunes, Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon, live video - more pow­er­ful, more of­fi­cial. It’s in­ter­est­ing to watch the song de­vel­op in the videos over the years.

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