Born out of a collaboration between Radiohead and Paul Thomas Anderson, Daydreaming’s visuals accompany the ethereal music, as Thom Yorke walks into and out of rooms, between the real and the dream-like.
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Seeing this, I'm very excited with how deeply connected "Daydreaming" is with Joanna Newsam's "Sapokanikan" & how arranging-two-mirrors they are. Both shares magnificent tracking shot like "Magnolia," but in former this shot works for Newsom to be angelically ingenuous & say "I'm free!" but in latter works as claustrophobic nightmare like Alan Clarke-ish minimal touch. I heard beautiful resonance in them, beautiful.
A very welcome return with a cryptic little PTA-directed music video. Can't wait for their new album. The concept is reminiscent of 'The Adjustment Bureau' and its premise reminds me of Shakespeare's renowned poem: "All the world's a stage/And all the men and women merely players/They have their exits and their entrances/ And one man in his time plays many parts" However, Thom's references will be far more niche.
The meta-narrative of daydreaming is punctuated by the evocative music and the motif of coming and going in a clouded subconscious state. The allusion to Plato's Allegory of the Cave is obvious, so the takeaway seems to be a certain peace with alienation. Still, the image of Thom curling up next to the fire felt trite for a PTA direction. Saw it on the big screen at the Music Box in Chicago.
This song is the only good thing to happen in my life in the past 18 months- again if you think this is an exaggeration you don't know me. (Well of course you don't this is MUBI nobody knows each other in real life.) Honestly this whole album saved me and continues to save me- and with all that's occurred I feel more affinity with Thom's lyrics than ever.