Will Butler Reviews Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool In Words and Pictures

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has written about several albums for the musicians-reviewing-music site The Talkhouse, and although he is not a particularly good writer, he has a way of making it interesting. In the case of his latest endeavor, a review of Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, that involves drawing some amateur cartoons to illustrate the appeal of devastating album closer “True Love Waits.” And I quote:

“True Love Waits” sounds like a beautiful sculptural interpretation of an object that is “True Love Waits, the final song on a Radiohead album.” If this bird is the unrecorded song “True Love Waits” (the lyrics, chords, melody):

…and this is the artist Radiohead in their studio:

Then it feels like this is going on:

The dimension of time stretches just past what is reasonable. You could argue the song is too slow, but for me it works. There’s distance from the song, distance useful for contemplation. And then I can enter the song’s world on my own terms. It doesn’t force the emotion on me. And it’s quite beautiful as an object.

“True Love Waits” sounds like a beautiful sculptural interpretation of an object that is “True Love Waits, the final song on a Radiohead album.” If this bird is the unrecorded song “True Love Waits” (the lyrics, chords, melody):

…and this is the artist Radiohead in their studio:

Then it feels like this is going on:

The dimension of time stretches just past what is reasonable. You could argue the song is too slow, but for me it works. There’s distance from the song, distance useful for contemplation. And then I can enter the song’s world on my own terms. It doesn’t force the emotion on me. And it’s quite beautiful as an object.

There is more, including a lengthy comparison to the work of his Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett, discussions of interacting with the album in daily life, and a reference to A Charlie Brown Christmas, here.

Source: StereoGum