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Farrar Strous & Giroux, publisher of books, has a blog called “Works in Progress” where our esteemed contributor, Jason Jaworski, found this very interesting essay comparing Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and Amnesiac by Radiohead. This is equivalent to heaven for The Citrus Report.
Having read Pynchon’s 1973 masterwork once, and having listened to Radiohead’s sometimes forgotten masterpiece about 400,000 times, we have a little more background on the latter. But it got us thinking, not only because Radiohead’s W.A.S.T.E online shop is a borrowed title from Pynchon’s Crying of Lot 49, there is this unsettling yet perfect rhythm to both Rainbow and Amnesiac. Sort of rewrites of history that seems familiar but eerily unfamiliar at the same time, almost making you wonder if you lived in the past that these albums speak and what you must have missed in the process.
Here is a nice excerpt. The whole piece was written by Westin Glass, drummer of The Thermals…
Amnesiac makes a perfect soundtrack, musically and thematically, for the eerie green-lit global theater of Gravity’s Rainbow. With vocals like ghostly radio transmissions, unsettling mechanical rhythms that abruptly start and stop, strange artificial strings and pianos, and a general sense of over-sanitized postmodern disconnection (“nothing to fear, nothing to doubt”), the record invokes a melancholy alienation, a mechanization of humanity—the trademark which Radiohead has come to own.
The essay is a bit longer than this excerpt, so read it here.
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