Radiohead fans might be thinking a new album might be nice about now given the gap since 2011's King of Limbs and the tour which brought them here the following year. But both singer and drummer have been keeping busy - this is Yorke's second extra-curricular release in two years after his sideline supergroup Atoms for Peace's Amok.

Selway released a pleasant singer-songwriter set Familial in 2010, having found his voice on Neil Finn's last 7 Worlds Collide project.

These albums are respectively less and more ambitious than their predecessors, though the attention-getting BitTorrent release of Yorke's effort shows he's still wanting to shake things up when it comes to how his music is released. Yorke's album is a collaboration with long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and offers eight tracks of overheated laptop-tronica backings to his still-entrancing voice.

Between its very Dark Side of the Moon start on opener A Brain In A Bottle and its echoes of Radiohead's Kid A on the likes of Interference and elsewhere, it offers plenty of off-kilter rhythms and unsettling atmosphere.

By the time of the final track, Nose Grows Some Yorke has pretty much become a ghost in his own machine as the foggy electronics billow forth.


Selway's album is a baroque pastoral echo chamber of an album recalling everything from Massive Attack to Talk Talk to the early lushness of his band (especially on Ghosts).

But despite it also reminding of this fine drummer's special way with a perfectly splashed ride cymbal, it's an album where the ornate dreary production - especially the heavy processing of his delicate voice - is a bad fit for theh sweetly guileless sentiments.

So no, not much chance of him doing a Phil Collins to Yorke's Peter Gabriel, quite yet.

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- TimeOut