Last month, Radiohead’s OK Computer is already 25. Which means it’s much older now than Dark Side of the Moon when Radiohead delivered their third landmark album. It deserves to be pointed out because, at this stage, OK Computer is, undeniably, a canonical classic, even if we think of Radiohead as a contemporary band. The first appropriate opus from the UK art rock group, showcasing the breadth of their capabilities as well as a more conceptual drive that will follow them throughout their catalog, OK Computer felt like a big statement on its release, and its reputation only got bigger over time.
There aren’t many albums like this either, unless you’re looking at Radiohead’s series of albums, and yet, their music is likely to turn in other unpredictable directions. But for those looking for more music with both anthemic and experimental coverage, with good songwriting at its core, many familiar suspects have emerged, such as Jeff Buckley – whose own music is an influence. at Radiohead – or Elbow. So on this year’s anniversary that is still fresh in our minds, I’ve put together a list of 10 albums to check out listeners who are still looking for music that offers a similar headphone or home stereo experience.
It’s worth remembering that if you haven’t heard of The Smile’s A Light For Attracting Attention, that should be first on your list. But if you are a fan of OK Computerbe sure to listen to these 10 albums next.
dEUS – Pocket Revolution
A band with a larger audience in Europe, especially their homeland of Belgium, than in the state, dEUS is no stranger to playing on many stages of the festival. They have released a number of well-known albums throughout their careers, the most recognizable of which was 1999’s The Ideal Crashand Pocket Revolution a little more epic, eclipsing their last two records in just a minute or two but feeling great throughout. Its songs are some of the best written by the band, from the cosmic freakout of “Sun Ra” to the disturbing, E-bow riff of the opener’s “Bad Timing.” Pocket Revolution an eclectic album, like the regular dEUS events, but it’s combined with a sense of melody that fits their full ambition.
Wild Animals – Two dancers
British group Wild Beasts has a good 15 years and a good five albums, none more powerful than their second, progress, driving and surprisingly weird. Two dancers. There are moments on this album that are filled with the same kind of detail-oriented ambience that Radiohead’s music has defined for decades (“This is Our Lot,” “We’ve Still Got the Taste Dancing On Our Tongues”) and moments more playful in their pop approach (“Hooting & Howling,” “All the King’s Men”). But it’s hard not to see the appeal of these art-pop songs, whether they’re filled with sonic haze or full of weird extravagance.
These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
The evolution from the abrasive art-punk debut of the New Puritans to the broader exploration of their beautiful third LP suggests an almost complete cycle of change. It could be one more dramatic than Radiohead itself, even if it’s clear from day one that simple pop melodies aren’t really the main function of the Essex group. Field of Reeds These New Puritans were found to have disappeared from the icy darkness of their earlier works into something bathed in light and heat, art rock by any other name but given a kind of cinematic size despite the dangerous nature of its post-minimalist movements and soft-touch ambiance. But most of all, there are amazing actual songwriting capabilities here, from the lush chamber pop of “Fragment Two” to the progressive arc of the nine-minute “V (Island Song)” and Kate Bush-meets- Steve Reich alchemy in “Eternal Organ.” It’s a bit less commercial than “Karma Police,” sure, but it has the same sense of beauty of grandeur and beautiful subtleties.
Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile Above
For 17 years, Andy Hull has built the strong foundation of the Manchester Orchestra full of hook emo to something less recognizable and more ambitious. Although his oldest records show signs of something bigger, Hull’s understanding of more progressive structures, production techniques and immersive arrangements eventually led him to dreadful mining- town account of A Black Mile Above, with songs ranging from gentle people to lots of shoegaze dirge. The album showcases some of Hull’s most influential songwriting, and moments that surpassed the lower power of chord rock on their first records – the closing track “The Silence” is the kind of song that doesn’t prevent provoking goosebumps. So it might come as no surprise that Hull, himself, is a fan of Radiohead, even to choose from OK Computer reissue of the amoeba “What’s In My Bag” video clip.
“Sumney” Moses. Aromanticism
There’s as much Björk as Radiohead in Moses Sumney’s sonic world, and he once said he prefers to play the style of music he plays “folk.” But it’s a shocking and unearthly mix that sounds the same, that of the debut album Aromanticism shows how far he is from his first EPs. Anchored in “Lonely World,” an epic hit like “My Iron Lung” or “Optimistic,” Aromanticism balances gentle intimacy with green and luxurious arrangements, such as those in “Struggle” or “Destruction.” An album of seemingly boundless grace and beauty.
Wand – Laughter Thing
From any point in their discography you can point to Wand’s music and call it “psychedelic,” and it stays true. but Laughter Thing doesn’t really have all that much in common with a record like heavy garage riffs on Golem. on Laughter Thing, Frontman Cory Hanson’s vision has become one of a broader rock in art opening up their most claustrophobic spaces to allow for light and color. The emphasis on “rock” isn’t lost — when the group launches the riffs on “Walkie Talkie,” there’s no ambiguity about their ability to tackle and rock out. But even more interesting are moments like “Thin Air,” where the density and sharpness of their arrangements is greater than the majority, showing how much they have experienced in a short period of time.
Kairon? IRSE! – Polysomn
Kairon in Finland; IRSE! a danlog group to categorize, their music has changed over the years from psychedelia and progressive rock to an extra-spacey kind of shoegaze in Polysomn. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to hear a little “Airbag” at the opening track “Psionic Static,” though, which also says how much bigger the band’s ideas are than their pedal chain. Polysomn is a great, if underrated rock album that sounds like a major statement from the band — which is in no way their most ambitious one but in fact their most cohesive, as well as one that they actually listen to that it has some real singles built into it. It’s rare for a band to be able to get an album to such an extent and still spend time for some faithful-to-god bangers.
The Weather Station – Ignorance
One thing Tamara Lindeman and Thom Yorke share in common is deep concern over the effects of climate change, and The Weather Station’s 2021 album Ignorance is an album-length reflection on that existential fear. But on the same album, Lindeman’s songwriting also started from the more traditional approach of people on his first records to a more atmospheric and unpredictable pop art sound. To call it his own OK Computer not too far from the mark (or maybe even him Spirit of Eden), in part simply because it is a remarkable achievement of true emotion and unique beauty.
dos Santos – City of Glass
Dos Santos in Chicago is the most eclectic group you’ll find on this list, their sound is an evolving form of jazz, surf-rock, psychedelia, cumbia and other diverse Latin music, which combines unique hybrids that put each of the styles on. a new context. City of Glass defined in large part by its rhythms, but there’s an eerie ambiance to every song on the album that makes it a headphone-like experience like the one for the dancefloor, even by the melancholy cumbia-soul of “City of Mirrors , “the pulsing. ambient pop of “Glorieta” or the hypnotic 5/4 psychedelia of “Crown Me” (which, in hindsight, might be more reminiscent of In the Rainbows).
Shearwater – The Great Awakening
Shearwater has been compared to Radiohead in the past, especially their 2008 single “The Snow Leopard” from Rookwhich channels the noble, melodic art-rock feel of the band. The Great Awakening follows the same threads, not all of its songs directly but all of them provide such a rich headphone experience. It’s an equally beautiful listening experience that sometimes turns into funny and abrasive, like the Big Bang on the opening track “Highgate” or the oozing groove on “Laguna Seca.” But in its greatest moments, like “No Reason” or the breathtaking space of “Aqaba,” Shearwater offers reminders of the kind of boundless beauty they can imagine.
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