Friend of a friend

The Smile is the “new” project of Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, so it’s fair to call it “Radiohead Lite”. Their latest release is the very enjoyable and Radiohead-esque Friend of a Friend. It’s made it onto my #2024 Spotify playlist. And it’s on their new album: Wall of Eyes.

It was also played by Nathan Shepherd sitting on for Chris Hawkins on Friday. And he mentioned that the video was worth a look.

So I looked.

I don’t know quite what to make of it, except to say that the little girl in the foreground from 1:32 is the perfect allegory for modern life.

Clearly, the audience isn’t the most receptive to the somewhat experimental sounds of Thom et al. but then what were they expecting?

One day, those kids will be able to say that they were in one of Thom Yorke’s videos. And that might mean something to some of them at some point in their lives.

But I don’t think any of them get it yet.