Watch Radiohead’s Stripped-Down, Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Live Videos for “Numbers” and “Present Tense”

Oct 5th, 2016 in Music


Though it’s admittedly early, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool is almost assuredly the Best Album of 2016 (though Cymbals Eat Guitar’s Pretty Years presents strong competition–more to come on Pretty Years). Director Paul Thomas Anderson has been intimately bound-up in A Moon Shaped Pool’s fanfare, having previously directed the official video for Daydreaming off the album. Following on the heals of Anderson’s lovely live performance video of Present Tense (in case you missed, watch below) as rendered by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, today Anderson and Radiohead give us another intimate glimpse into a stripped-down, but similarly impressive take by the same two on song The Numbers. While we love the added strings and coloratura of the studio versions, these performances wow completely. Speaking of “stripped-down,” it’s great to see Tarzana, California (decidedly NOT a rain forest) used for other film activities. Radiohead remains at the height of its powers, which are immense.

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