Do you like scary movies? Sorry, let's be more specific. Do you like horror films by Radioheads Thom Yorke ? Well, you're in luck, child: Do not look now, but there's one right behind you! AAAAAAAAHH !!!!!
Yorke's soundtrack for the new remake of cult-classic Seventies horror film Suspiria is not a film score in the way one might say bandmate Jonny Greenwood's avant orchestral works for There Will Be Blood and Phantom Thread are film music. It's also not a proper sequel to his own solo albums, 2006 The Eraser and 201
4 Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (an underrated triumph that he'll finally see far in the US next month will tour). Instead, he has recorded an 81-minute grave bag of witch instrument instruments, weird grunts, scary monk songs, and – over and over – a beautiful song. "Suspirium" is a radium-brilliant piano ballad that would have worked well on Radiohead's latest album; the jazzy soul of "Unmade" and the trip-hop showers of "Has Ended" are even more surprising and carry welcome echoes from Yorke and Co.'s brilliant amnesiac -era B-sides  These pieces are Vintage Yorke, and they make you wish he had written more for them Suspiria . At least until you hear the second half of this album, where the song songs thin out in favor of crazy electronic drones. "A Choir of One" is a 14-minute descent into an icy hell; "A soft hand over your face" and "Synthesizer Speaks" (both under one minute) sound a bit like Page Two of Low if Bowie was an actual vampire, which makes sense in view of this  Suspiria takes place 1977 in Berlin. It is an amazing sideways movement for Yorke, who, after all these years, still finds new ways to unsettle and delight listeners, as one of the biggest spooks playing rock music all night.