A lot of people have slept on the dark experimental-rock sounds of the Liars. Sisterworld, the bands newest album, was just awarded “best new music” on Pitchfork for their third time in a row… that’s called legit. A definition of respect could be having such names as TV on the Radio, Devendra Banhart, Blonde Redhead and the almighty Thom Yorke appearing on a remixes/covers album accompanying your new release.
On Thom Yorke’s interpretation of the Liars Proud Evolution, he surrounds lead singer Angus Andrew’s vocals in a battle of electronic programming. The track starts out with a basic loop, then comes Andrew’s vocals that evoke a deep isolation and soon Yorke adds a simple but satisfying cord progression and allows for the programming to take you on a trip of its own. Yorke’s ability to focus in on the most important aspects of a track, in this case Andrew’s vocals and Yorke’s chord progression, and keep it simple while then building electronic storms around that to drive the track into new territories is part of his genius. It might not seem like much, but it’s simple and complicated at the same time and that’s not an easy feat to accomplish.
Listen to “Proud Evolution (Thom Yorke 500qd Remix)” here