Radiohead’s Philip Selway On Being Inspired By Early Adulthood

Most young adults might have difficulty figuring out their identity and place in the world at some point in their lives. This struggle inspired the Radiohead drummer Philip Selway to write his new track, ‘Picking Up Pieces,’ from his forthcoming solo album, ‘Strange Dance.’

“‘Picking Up Pieces’ is a song about the masking that we do when we’re young adults,” said the musician in a recent press statement. “It’s a time of life when your sense of identity can feel shaky, you can feel anxious about making the grade, and life can feel that it’s spinning out of control, but you try to hide this from everyone.”

He then continued his words by discussing the music video of the single, directed by William Williamson, and what the choreography aimed to show and prove to the viewers. Selway noted, “The choreography [has] echoes of our characters’ worlds whilst simultaneously unfolding new elements and emotions.”

The drummer then discussed his ‘Strange Dance’ record by referring to its intimate tone. He pointed out, “The scale of it was very deliberate for me from the outset. I wanted the soundscape to be broad and tall but somehow get it to wrap around this intimate vocal at the heart of it. One of the things I’ve liked about this record is it’s me as a 55-year-old, not trying to hide that fact.”

Philip Selway also talked about the band’s future plans, saying, “We’ve been very focused on the whole ‘Kid A’ / ‘Amnesiac’ thing, and I think that’s coming to its natural conclusion. We’re going to get together at the start of [2023], and I’m sure we’re going to start looking at other ideas for what comes next.”

So, the drummer has been trying to reflect on his search for identity and struggle to find a place in society through his solo works. With his single, ‘Picking Up Pieces,’ Selway wished to point out a common issue among young adults and, maybe, help them find their voice, just like he has found his.

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