Thom Yorke Discusses The Dystopian Anxiety That Inspired His Upcoming Album

Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/REX/Shutterstock (8870954q)

Thom Yorke’s upcoming solo album is influenced by a sense of anxiety in the current social climate.

The Radiohead frontman generally talks openly about his chronic anxiety and the ways it manifests.

The legendary rock album OK Computer, for example, was inspired by his anxiety surrounding modern technology and the follow-up album Kid A is a response to the anxiety triggered from the band’s escalated fame.

Speaking to Crack, Yorke has revealed that his upcoming record is a reflection of the anxiety he feels towards the current social climate and a feeling of dystopia.

“The dystopian thing is one part of it, yes, but for me, one of the big, prevailing things was a sense of anxiety,” Yorke explained.

“If you suffer from anxiety it manifests itself in unpredictable ways, some people have over-emotional reactions. [For] some people the roots of reality can just get pulled out, you don’t know what’s happening. Then eventually reality comes back.

“For some reason I thought a really good way of expressing anxiety creatively was in a dystopian environment. I had so many visual things going on at this point.”

The upcoming album is anticipated for a late 2019 release.