Saturday, January 20, 2007

Piano Man

The British band Radiohead has always had a very guitar-based sound, which I've noticed in particular as I've tried to adapt some of their songs for piano and voice. So I was surprised when, a few weeks ago, I heard lead singer Thom Yorke doing a song from his solo album The Eraser on TV. Yorke sat at a keyboard, and that was the predominant instrumental sound in the arrangement. Remarkable how different Yorke's floating falsetto seems without the textural contrast of strummed chords behind it. [Since you're surely curious, he is covered in chocolate in this photo for an Oxfam fair-trade event.]

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