THE ERASER

Album Release: Mon 10 Jul 2006

Thom's debut solo album, released on the independent label XL Recordings. It was produced by longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

 

The album comprises electronic music Yorke recorded during Radiohead's 2004 hiatus and between their 2005 rehearsals.

 

The lyrics express Yorke's political concerns; 'Harrowdown Hill' was written about the death of David Kelly, a whistleblower who allegedly committed suicide after telling a reporter that the British government had falsely identified weapons of mass destructions in Iraq.

 

The album artwork, by longtime Radiohead cover artist Stanley Donwood, was inspired by the legend of King Canute failing to command the ocean, which Yorke likened to government attitudes towards climate change.