Difficult to say whether I love more this record or the 2012’s debut. Familiar “glitch pop” tunes from Nigel Godrich with some UK garage/2-step influences, and some IDM Boards of Canada vibes (especially on “Ordinary Boy”). If you like Thom Yorke’s solo records and Atoms for Peace, then you should enjoy Ultraísta. Vocals by Laura Bettinson. The debut was actually just the second record (after Eraser) in this vein, produced by Nigel. But the first with real drums (Joey Waronker)? I can hear some echoes on ANIMA in fact.
I’m glad they could film this just before (social distancing).
Beanpole is raw and crushing, but there is an obvious challenge for non-native speakers: the intricacies of the language are important, but could not be captured carefully in subtitles. The cultural post-war weirdness is key, but might not be easily understood by the international audience. I guess, that is why the feature did not succeed in mainstream awards. It covers plenty of topics highly relevant in the modern society, and the content might produce cognitive dissonance across the spectrum.