Atoms For Peace - ‘Amok’ + Prado
Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces tequila, 3/4 ounce lime juice, 1/2 whole egg white, 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
Mixing Instructions: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and lime wheel.
Notes: For most listeners, the story and background of AMOK precede the music it contains so much that you might feel like you’re just supposed to accept that it’s the best thing happening in the music world. The artists involved (Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Flea from RHCP, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker) all have successful music careers and have come together to both tour Thom Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, a few years back and present us with AMOK just a few years later, today. With as much hype as an album like this brings with it, the first listen can be daunting. Do I like this? Is it everything they said it would be? If I’m not immediately in love with it, is there something wrong with my taste? These are all valid questions to consider.
Fortunately, AMOK is an all-out success in its execution. The sound is unique. Not just unique like Thom Yorke’s The Eraser was to the typical Radiohead sound in 2006, but unique to the new group. Let’s not be mistaken, Atoms for Peace is Thom Yorke’s motivation. But aside from that point, the individual pieces of this puzzle come together incredibly well, creating a new and original sound that will now define Atoms for Peace for the foreseeable future. Take the time to overlook the hype…