By Archie Porter
Sep 13, 2018
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Review: Suspirium – Thom Yorke

Dario Argento’s 1977 horror film Suspiria is a classic. To this day, it remains a dizzyingly powerful masterwork; full of vivid, psychedelic colours and stomach-churning thrills. As well as this, the film is widely renowned for its terrific soundtrack by prog-rock band Goblin. Naturally, given the acclaim surrounding the original film, I’m sceptical about Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was enlisted to craft the film’s soundtrack – as a huge fan of Yorke, and judging by this new single, the film may be worth watching purely for the music alone.

The song in question, ‘Suspirium’, comes as the first single from the upcoming soundtrack. Yorke wisely diverts from the original film’s musical approach in favour of a stripped back, wistful piano ballad. The track drifts along graciously, its notes remaining the same throughout much of the duration, lulling the listener into its eerie grasp. Unsurprisingly, it bears striking resemblance to some of Radiohead’s more laid-back work, sounding almost like a lost track from 2001’s Amnesiac, or a B-side from their latest record, 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. Yorke’s gorgeous vocals croon over the subdued instrumentation, before a haunting flute fades in, conjuring an air of beautiful darkness.

‘Suspirium’ is a breath of fresh air, and one of Yorke’s strongest solo releases yet. Hopefully, the rest of the soundtrack matches up to these heights.

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