Early today I posted a blog abut what I thought musical genius entailed, and some people who fell into that category. There was one glaring omission (purposefully), so kindly pointed out by Edgar (liar23), Thom Yorke. The man is, the essence of a musical genius and more. To put into words what I believe he does is almost unfathomable, but here it goes:
Thom Yorke has somehow found a way to exist in two opposite worlds. The obscure and the mainstream. Two things that generally only meet if hipsters invade radio stations, is something that Thom Yorke (and co) seem to be able to do so easily, despite a seemingly conscious effort not to. His genius, is, and likely always will be, on another level. The ability to make something so interesting and creative, yet accessible enough to hit it huge with the masses is inconceivable.
Quickly, I'd like to mention his solo album. A quieter, more expected follow up to their electronic styling was captivating in its almost bare sound. He created the album so that no little nuance go unnoticed, they are all important, each aspect, most of which are executed miraculously well, and there are few albums that work like this.
His lyrics have always been a bit of a mystery to me, and I love that. Few to none of them make immediate sense, especially when placed in between his other abstract musings. Each line opens up a possibility of exploration and examination.
For now that's it on Thom Yorke, even though this isn't anywhere near close to sufficient.