Radiohead surprise with the stunning video for Present Tense
Radiohead caused a stir amongst their fanbase with the release of their stunning back-to-form album, Moon Shaped Pool. The singles Burn the Witch and Daydreaming received positive reception and now the band has followed-up with the release of the album’s third single, Present Tense.
The Burn the Witch video caused headlines for its dark The Wicker Man-style storyline and its nod to 1960’s children TV series, The Trumpton Trilogy. It’s a brilliant video by all accounts that showed Radiohead swimming once again against the tide.
The video to Present Tense is an altogether different beast. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
No use of animation, dark storylines and complete disregard of smoke and mirrors; instead Radiohead opted for an intimate, close-up performance video with Thom York and Jonny Greenwood in a dark-lit studio setting.
Jonny, Thom & a CR78
The video is cryptically-titled “Jonny, Thom & a CR78”. The skilled mastermind behind the clip is no other than seasoned film directed Paul Thomas Anderson who previously drew responsible for Radiohead’s Daydreaming video. Film buffs will also recognise his name as the director behind Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood.
The beauty of Present Tense is in its simplicity; both the song and video. The sparse treatment really works for the version of the song and features the two Radiohead members accompanied by just a vintage Roland CR-78 drum machine.
Great things can be so simple. Radiohead have done it once again!
Watch the Paul Thomas Anderson directed video to Radiohead’s song Present Tense off their album Moon Shaped Pool