A Grain of Sand

"I will multiply you as the stars in heaven and as the sand upon the shore." - Genesis 22:17

"I can see the master's hand in every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand." - Dylan, Every Grain of Sand (on Shot of Love)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Limb King

A strangely affecting video for a new Radiohead track called Lotus Flower from the just-released (Friday) King of Limbs. I have so say I was ready to dislike the album - their post-Rock music, which I really loved @ first, has been stuck in this smooth, easy-listening rut for years. Nonetheless, the video is completely engaging.

Their music and angst-filled lyrics are constantly giving voice to the tension between the organic and aritificial, and the pain that results from living in a de-humanized environment. Somehow Thom Yorke's movements against the musical background capture this perfectly. The smoothness of the music - it's artificiality - is so striking against his sort of grubby trampishness and the crazy jerkiness, the pulsating aliveness and unpredictable movements of his limbs.

So, why does this find space on this Blog? There's something very spiritual about this tension to me - the pain of it, the aliveness of it.

Powerful to see real-ness conveyed through such artificiality. That's the stuff. Take a look:

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