By Danielle Wensley
Oct. 21, 2019
In collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual artist Tarik Barri, Thom Yorke delivered a sublime performance from start to finish on his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes solo tour stop in Vancouver, taking the audience on a seamless journey through a carefully constructed, ecstatic landscape.
Yorke, Godrich and Barri took the stage in all black, contrasted by slick, white tables for their monitors and electronic gear. Leading fans through the breadth of his solo material, Yorke performed tracks from all edges of the last 13 years since his 2006 solo debut, The Eraser.
The years have clearly not taken a toll on his performance charisma as he paced the stage with whimsical, rhythmic energy. His dreamy, poetic lyrics and mischievous smirk seem to address global catastrophe while imagining a hopeful future… somewhere.
Tarik Barri’s stunning video projections supported this “other-worlding” feat, providing a visual variety and complexity to accompany the richness of Yorke’s musical compositions perfectly. The set was bookended by songs from the Suspiria soundtrack, opening with the hypnotic Has Ended and closing a second encore with Suspirium.
Earlier in the evening, the room was primed by Italian electro-acoustic drummer Andrea Belfi, who played a steady half-hour set of dynamic, meandering drum loops accompanied by strobe-like lighting. Belfi’s set succeeded in raising arm hairs and attuned aural sensitivities to the holy space magic yet to come.