So here it is, the final wallpaper in the Radiohead Wallpaper Countdown.
This for the new album, In Rainbows, which I’m currently listening to in fact. I’m 4 songs in, and already in love with it.
The album so far sounds really lo-fi, and extremely jazzy. Thom Yorke’s vocals sound like a female, blues singer from the 40′s, and Phil’s drumming is completely jazz inspired. But at the same time, they’ve layered a lot of sounds, and samples into it.
I know I’m going to be listening to this obsessively for the new few weeks. I am so not disappointed, and was rather happy to give them my $10. If you were skeptical at all about this album, I’d say you have nothing to worry about.
As for the wallpaper above, it was pretty hard to come up with a wallpaper for an album I’d never heard. And though it looks pretty simple, there were a lot of weird things put into it. The background is a blown up picture of a diamond, with a rainbow gradient over it, then the mosaic filter, and darkened a ton. The bright colored rainbow page things are from a photo of a real rainbow, but obviously I tweaked the hell out of it. And the words came from something Thom posted on Dead Air Space, so I thought it was fitting to place it in there.
I hope everyone has enjoyed all of the wallpapers! I know next time I’m going to give myself a much larger head start, and not make each one of these each day I need to release them.
It’s going to be really nice to get back on a better sleeping pattern, haha…
There’s only one more day until the new Radiohead album is released! Todays wallpaper, although extremely late, might be one of my favorites. It’s for their album Hail to the Thief, and happens to be my second least favorite album of theirs. Although it has a lot of great songs on it, it didn’t flow quite like the other albums. It reminds me of what happened with Travis. They came out with 2 great albums, and then decided to write a political-tinged one, and it wasn’t so great. But their new album is great… so maybe Radiohead will follow a similar pattern?
This album was completely influenced by the name of the album. Hail to the Thief indeed. I just love that he’s staring down some scary ass wolf (a reference to the last song). Although, he looks like he could be smart here, so that doesn’t quite fit. Anyhow, I was pretty pleased with how my drawing came out, so there’s that.
Tomorrow is the last wallpaper, and at midnight, the new album will come out!
There are only 3 to 4-ish days before the new Radiohead comes out, so the countdown continues!
Today’s wallpaper is Amnesiac, one of my favorites, but not quite as good as the previous two albums. The main inspiration for this wallpaper was something how Thom Yorke described the album:
“I read that the gnostics believe when we are born we are forced to forget where we have come from in order to deal with the trauma of arriving in this life. I thought this was really fascinating. It’s like the river of forgetfulness. It may have been recorded at same time (as Kid A)… but it comes from a different place I think. It sounds like finding an old chest in someone’s attic with all these notes and maps and drawings and descriptions of going to a place you cannot remember. That’s what I think anyway.”
Tomorrow’s wallpaper is Hail to the Thief, which is sure to be politically tinged, I can promise you that.
Today’s image is better late than never, but it is still Saturday here in Los Angeles, so I still made it on time! Today’s wallpaper is for Kid A, my other favorite Radiohead album. With this album they totally veered away from the guitar driven anthems of OK Computer, and instead went toward Thom Yorke’s other musical love, electronic. It features several of my absolute favorite songs like Idioteque, How To Disappear Completely and the title track Kid A.
For this wallpaper I decided to use the art of one of my absolute favorite artists, the brilliant Ashley Wood. I felt like the core of this album was about cataclysms, and the end of the world, so I threw in some of that imagery. And I also loved that they used horns on National Anthem, so I wanted to throw some of those in there as well. And the baby’s in there because the album was rumored to be named after the supposed ‘first cloned child’. So there you go!
I’ll try and post the Amnesiac wallpaper a little earlier in the day tomorrow, but I’m not promising anything!
Enjoy the crazy wallpaper!
The Radiohead Wallpaper Countdown continues today with the release of OK Computer. I spoke a few days ago about how Paranoid Android shaped what I listen to, but I’d have to say this whole album was the main influence. Listening to it over and over again for the past day and a half just reminded me of how brilliant they became on this album. And the amazing thing is that pretty much everyone agrees with how great this album.
I really tried to mimic Stanley Donwood’s style on this one, even using some bits that were used in OK Computer related projects. But overall I wanted it to feel overwhelming, which is what Thom Yorke was writing about, and how he eventually ended up feeling after all of the reviews of the record came in.
I hope everyone enjoys it, stop by tomorrow for Kid A!