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Review: Atoms for Peace’s ‘Amok’

Atoms For Peace

Amok (XL Recordings)

Does it sound like The Eraser 2, or leftovers from The King of Limbs? Nope. The debut album by Thom Yorke’s other band — y’know, the one with Flea — establishes Atoms For Peace as having its own musical identity, with less glitch and more Afropop spirit than Yorke’s previous output. Sure, Nigel Godrich’s ambient otherworldliness will sound familiar to any Radiohead loyalist, and the breakbeats and digital fuzz are trademark Thom. But stylistic variations, rhythmic buoyancy and a clear collaborative spirit mark the emergence of a band, not a glorified solo project.