Atoms for Peace Return With New Single “Default”

Operating as inscrutably as you’d expect someone who released In Rainbows to do, Thom Yorke and his bandmates in Atoms for Peace — which include Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, among others — released a new song called “Default” on iTunes today. The five-minute track is built around electronic-sounding drums, glacial synths and a few jittery, dubby synth textures here and there as Yorke sings platitudes like “I made my bed, I’ll lie in it” and “the will is strong, the flesh is weak.” The patchwork between the glitch parts and the more serene sections sound very intricate, which may be why it’s taken the group a few years to get started.

Yorke announced the band in 2009, and they toured here and there and promised to finish their debut full-length by the end of last year. “It’s not good enough yet,” Yorke told Rolling Stone last October. He also said that he and Godrich “were excited about it for so long, then we kind of lost our way. So we’re taking some steps back.” Most recently the group released a 12-inch via the label Monkeytown containing a remix of their own “Other Side,” as well as their remix of Other Lives’ “Tamer Animals.” The group will be DJing in New York City this weekend at MoMA PS1. [Download "Default" via iTunes.]

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