This week, we’re taking a look at the serene and beautiful Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, from Radiohead’s 2007 release In Rainbows.
With a suitably, eponymously nutty video to boot, Weird Fishes is, bar none, a top-ten Radiohead cut, let’s get that out of the way firstly. Secondly, we should also give a little shout-out to Lianne La Havas’ beautiful cover of this, which is what got me listening to this tune again.
I don’t know what it is, I really don’t. What drugs/religion/sex did Radiohead collectively take/follow/have (don’t wanna think about that last one, to be honest) in 2007 that led them to dream up In Rainbows. One of the most melodically satisifying albums ever recorded, the band’s 7th effort is packed to the brim with gorgeous tunes. Befuddingly a non-single, Weird Fishes is one of those songs where the entire band is playing to their unbelievably powerful strengths.
To start on the back-end, Philip Selway’s crisp, laminate-tight drumming propels what-could-easily-be a sleepy song into something with a light but potent rhythm to keep the listening if not grooving, swaying contentedly. With such a light mix, Colin’s bass is beautifully scarce, with slight embellishments laid down to hold the low-end while keeping that luscious levity. Of course, the primary focus of the song is the titularly arpeggiated guitar leads that are nothing less than sheer beauty — hearing them weave together with Thom’s airy vocals is like being entwined with nature itself; it’s utterly, totally transcendant music.