By Jon Wiederhorn
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood perform alone in the band’s video for “Present Tense,” a song from Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool. The spartan clip features the two musicians seated on a dark stage barely illuminated by orange light, with only a drum machine loop for rhythmic backing.
The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also shot the band’s clip for “Daydreaming.” The video for “Present Tense” was broadcast at last night’s Mercury Music Awards in London in lieu of a live performance. Radiohead were up for the Mercury Prize for the fifth time, but lost to English grime star Skepta’s album Konnichiwa (they’ve still never won). Skepta also beat David Bowie’s swansong Blackstar.
Radiohead are nearing the end of a tour to support A Moon Shaped Pool. Their final U.S. dates will be at the Austin City Limits Festival September 30 and October 7.