Thom Yorke unveils new video for “Last I Heard (…He Was Circling The Drain)”: Watch

The latest visual from Yorke's solo album Anima

Video still from Thom Yorke's "Last I Heard (...He Was Circling The Drain)"
Video still from Thom Yorke’s “Last I Heard (…He Was Circling The Drain)”
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Thom Yorke has unveiled a new video for “Last I Heard (…He Was Circling The Drain)” from his latest solo album, Anima.

Created by the Brooklyn-based experimental studio Art Camp, the five-minute short film “is set in a dream world inspired by fragments of Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood’s imagination and made up of over 3000 hand-illustrated frames.”

The video initially premiered at Anima Technologies, a Los Angeles art pop-up coinciding with Yorke’s pair of performances in the city on October 29th and 30th. The video has now been uploaded online, and you can see it below.

In a statement, Art Camp discussed the making of the video:

“Our first and last goal was to serve the feelings of the song and the record. Thom shared a list of visions with us, disconnected images from his dreams, and we expanded on it with visions from everyone who joined the video team, over a dozen of us. At its core, our intention was to communicate the experience of feeling completely on your own, surrounded by people you see yourself in but don’t understand, who have lost their minds to the city and can’t see that you need their help.

The process for making this animation was extremely iterative and cyclical, and started from every direction at once. We experimented with clay sculpture and one-cent 3D horses, crowd simulations and charcoal dust, linear storytelling and abstract expression. We made the entire video and threw it away, made it again, threw it away, dozens of times. This of course was stressful but also beautiful.

Our goal is to create work that is surprising to ourselves, that we don’t understand how it happened. A lot of that has to do with trusting in the collaborative process– finding a wavelength where everyone feels free to go crazy in their own way, and push for what they most believe in. Our values are constantly being tested and rewritten in pursuit of creating a community where people really do feel loose and free and safe. When it works the best, you end up with work that speaks in everyone’s voices and one voice.”

Yorke previously released a companion short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. His Anima Technology installation isn’t the only news out of LA; during his gig on Tuesday night, he gave the live debut to his latest song, “Daily Battles”.

Yorke’s fall tour dates have wrapped, but luckily he recently extended his upcoming schedule deep into summer 2020. Get tickets to all his upcoming dates here.

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