This week, Radiohead released their new video ‘Lotus Flower’. It features vocalist Thom Yorke dancing in a peculiar manner. Apparently, it was choreographed – by Wayne McGregor. The official Radiohead YouTube account lists the other credits as well:
Video for ‘Lotus Flower’ from The King of Limbs
Produced and Directed by Garth Jennings
Choreographed by Wayne McGregor
Director of Photography – Nick Wood
Editor – Leila Sarraf
Personally, I was first impressed by the clean black and white aesthetics, the long sequences with a static camera, the simple but effective set design and lighting; I also like the song. Some other things to mention, I suppose, are Thom’s greasy hair and sweaty shirt.
Here is the video in all its beauty and confusion:
For the last two days, ‘Thom Yorke’ and ‘Lotus Flower’ have been trending topics on Twitter. Obviously, the simple fact a band as popular, controversial and inspirational as Radiohead is releasing something new provokes a lot of interest in itself. But I think Thom Yorke’s dance moves are amplifying the effect.
Although the video has only been out for a couple of days, there are already dozens of mashups. Here are the ones that I found most interesting and worth listing:
Un Rayo de Sol
Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat
The dancing fool chiropractor
What? It’s Saturday 🙂