XL Recordings XLT252: 6th November 2006
“By candles in the city, you never looked so pretty, by powercuts and blackouts, sleeping like babies”
2. A Rat’s Nest
“Clicks on the phone, I cannot help you, caught by own words, caught in a rat’s nest”
‘Analyse’ is the second single to be lifted from Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’ album and this time it’s a 12″ only release. As usual it sounds like Beethoven’s brain has been dug up and wired to a computer. Thom’s voice is ear piercingly intense, the Piano is mesmerising and a gorgeous wave of synths wash over you at the end. ‘A Rat’s Nest’ is a mix of backward Pianos and menacing Bass beats. ‘ILuvYa’ sounds not unlike Bill Bailey’s piss-take of Jean-Michel Jarre. ‘Analyse’ is brilliant but the B-sides don’t really match up in my opinion.
There is a new import compilation that collects together all the B-sides from this single and the last, called ‘Spitting Feathers’. You can order it from HMV by clicking here, but it’s a pricey £14.99 for 5 tracks.