Somerset born and Australia based electronic producer Mark Pritchard’s forthcoming LP release Under The Sun comes out on May 13th through Warp and features one of the most acclaimed vocalists in the British rock scene – Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
But Pritchard is no stranger to meddling and modifying Radiohead’s sound. After his remix of Bloom from the band’s last full length album, The King of Limbs, it seems that all good things have come to those who wait…ed?!
The collaborative track Beautiful People (very, very different to Marilyn Manson’s track of the same name) can unite electronic and house lovers with fans of Yorke’s abstract and esoteric musings that we’ve come to love not only in Radiohead’s albums but in Yorke’s 2006 solo venture, The Eraser.
In a press release regarding the collaboration, Pritchard noted that ‘The original instrumental to ‘Beautiful People’ is a personal song about loss, hopelessness and chaos, but ultimately the message is love and hope… Thom’s contribution to this collaboration captured perfectly what the piece is about. I will be forever grateful to have worked with such a immense talent.”
There’s something seriously special about this track, despite its apparent simplicity. Yorke’s haunting, angsty vocal juxtaposed against the repetitive melody of Pritchard’s flute and keyboard instrumental means there’s not a hell of a lot going on, but that’s what makes it so poignant and punchy – a ghoulish ballad with all of the tiny production elements that create a glitchy and textural sound – immense!
Check out ‘Beautiful People’ below…