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Radiohead
"Lift"
4 mins 07s
15 September 2017
UK Promos

For fans of early Radiohead the release of 'Lift' brings their mid-90s sound into the here and now, as fresh and powerful as ever. It's been bumping around in their live performances for years without ever finding a home on a studio album - but finally, it's enjoying a deserved moment in the sun and Oscar Hudson has made a stunning video to go with it.

That the lift in question is metaphorical meant Hudson could play around with the scenarios the doors opened onto. So as a weary-looking Thom Yorke waits patiently to reach his floor, a host of people briefly join him on his journey before stepping out into nightclubs, domestic interiors, urinals and other unexpected settings.

There are all manner of easter eggs embedded in the film. Characters from other Radiohead videos (Karma Police, Paranoid Android) show up; at the beginning, Yorke's wife and daughter get into the lift.

While you could imagine this would be a very static piece of work, Hudson's skill ensures it's anything but. Periodically the camera cuts to overhead shots, which shifts the sense of intimacy as well as the visual perspective. It's touching and strangely sad; capturing the absurdity of the human condition without making it particularly lighthearted... even if Yorke's lyrics do end with an admonishment to himself to: "...lighten up, squirt".

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Matt said:

What a strange choice of music. Looks great though.


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Radiohead
"Lift"
4 mins 07s
15 Sep 2017
For fans of early Radiohead the release of 'Lift' brings their mid-90s sound into the here and now, as fresh and powerful as ever. It's been bumping around in their live performances for years without ever finding a home on a studio album - but finally, it's enjoying a deserved moment in the sun and Oscar Hudson has made a stunning video to go with it.

Radiohead
"Man of War"
4 mins 30s
23 Jun 2017
It’s always good to have a few spares nestled away. Radiohead continue plundering their ‘OK Computer’ sessions with the release of ‘Man of War’. One last album B-side is due soon - just don’t expect the band’s Glastonbury sound check to receive the promo treatment. For now, enjoy Colin Read’s day and night pursuit.

Radiohead
"I Promise"
4 mins 02s
6 Jun 2017
2017 suddenly feels more like 1997 as Radiohead return to ‘OK Computer’. One of three deep cuts from the band’s seminal album, ‘I Promise’ receives a stirring promo courtesy of Pulse’s Michal Marczak. As this bus passenger watches the world go by, we realise how detached an observer he is.

Radiohead
"The Numbers"
5 mins 45s
10 Oct 2016
After presumably jamming through the night, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood present a sunlit rendition of 'The Numbers'. Once again accompanied by their Roland CR-78 drum machine (drummer Phil Selway must have the day off), the pair enjoy another al fresco duet under the Californian sun. Postcard alternative rock.

Radiohead
"Present Tense"
5 mins 26s
4 Oct 2016
Radiohead and director Paul Thomas Anderson reunite for this intimate promo for 'Present Tense'. Compared to the band's recent efforts, this is as about as grounded as you can get. There are no pagan rituals or doorways leading to doorways here - just Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and a Roland CR-78 drum machine bathed in the dim light.

Radiohead
"Daydreaming"
6 mins 26s
8 May 2016
As if revealing ninth studio album 'A Moon Shaped Pool' via a series of social media purges and an unholy union between Trumpton and The Wicker Man wasn't enough, Radiohead enlist the directorial talents of Paul Thomas Anderson for their latest promo. See, it pays when your lead guitarist is also an acclaimed soundtrack composer on the side.

Radiohead
"Burn the Witch"
3 mins 59s
4 May 2016
When Thom Yorke and co. hit the delete button on their social media presence a few days ago, hopes of Radiohead's long-awaited successor to 2011's 'The King of Limbs' began to rise. Enter 'Burn the Witch' - and the immediate takeaway is that Trumpton has taken one hell of a dark turn.

Radiohead
"House Of Cards"
4 mins 30s
21 Jul 2008
It's possible to see this extraordinary pop promo as a worrying development as it was made without the use of cameras. The images were captured by the ingenious James Frost using laser technology and scanners... an innovative approach which has created memorable and haunting imagery.

Radiohead
"Blocks"
30s
10 Aug 2003


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