Review: Atoms for Peace "AMOK"

Of all the projects that Flea has pursued outside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his work with Atoms For Peace— that other group fronted by Thom Yorke—might be the most radical shift you’ll ever hear him make.
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Of all the projects that Flea has pursued outside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his work with Atoms For Peace— that other group fronted by Thom Yorke—might be the most radical shift you’ll ever hear him make. It’s not just that the music is dark, stripped-down, and relentlessly electronic; it’s that he can fold himself so effortlessly into the atmospherics, emulating a circuit-bent tone generator (on the creepy title track) or a wobbly Moog (in the breakout single “Judge, Jury and Executioner”) while leaving his unmistakable fingerprints on the result.

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