Album review

Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong

Bodysong has been hailed as a kind of British Koyaanisqatsi, a poetic implosion of images swimming forth from birth to death. You need music for that, who're you gonna call? The Radiohead guitarist, plainly. Jonny Greenwood says this spacey set of instrumental ambience and interference isn't to be compared or contrasted with Radiohead, which means I can't just say it's creepy and often impenetrable. You probably have to watch the film in tandem: Philip Glass' use of repetition worked better with Koyaanisqatsi than as a wedding floor-filler. No-one'll be humming this, but Radiohead fans will find Jesus in it.

Rating: 3 / 10


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