“This week, Thom Yorke’s band Atoms for Peace confirmed their debut album, Amok, will be out February 25 in the UK and February 26 in the U.S. via XL Recordings. As mentioned, the album announcement came with an update to the band’s website: a sprawling drawing of what looks like Los Angeles burning and flooded. The image indeed comes from longtime Radiohead visual collaborator Stanley Donwood, who created the Amok album art— a “scene of armageddon in modern Los Angeles,” according to a press release.
Now, to celebrate the album, the band has announced a collaboration between Donwood and the artist INSA, who painted several murals based on the artwork onto the walls of XL’s L.A. office building. The various murals were photographed and turned into an animated GIF for a project they’re calling “Hollywood Dooom”. (Check out the GIF above.)
Regarding the original artwork, Stanley Donwood said:
Los Angeles is, of course, fucked. Everything is fucked, all of our cities, all of our towns, our villages, our farms, our entire way of living. and I don’t mean fucked in a good way, oh no; I mean it in a very, very bad way. Our energy rich and culturally complacent society has doomed everything, and really, we all know this. Or at least, we should do. We have run out of everything, pissed it up against the wall, blown it, spent it, wasted it. We’ve run out of money, of oil, of gasoline, of water, of food, of any resources, of energy, of everything. We are reduced to trying to blast pathetic amounts of gas from solid rock and we don’t care if we poison our water while we’re doing it.
The apocalypse is already here, and the saddest thing is that we’re trying to fool ourselves that it isn’t happening. Our politicians are fucking idiots, our heroes are fools, our industries are dying, our farmland is trashed and our culture resembles nothing more than a self-devouring joke. Our architecture is hideous and our art revels in empty platitudes. There is no future; we have evicted ourselves from our own cities, rendered our agriculture poisonous, criminalised the poor, aggrandized the rich, honoured the stupid and ridiculed the intelligent. I don’t pretend to stand outside this fucking mess. I’m just as guilty as anyone.
Meanwhile INSA said about the GIF, “Animated as a continuous GIF, it may only live online, but some would argue that is where most now live their lives…”“
Walked right by this building this morning on the way home from dropping my car off at the mechanic. I was wondering what is was. Now I know.