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"Hands off the Antarctic" - Thom Yorke [YouTube Music Video]

Radiohead frontman teams with Greenpeace to raise environmental awareness
Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published October 17, 2018

Thom Yorke has a new song in support of Greenpeace's effort to protect the Antarctic.  Check out "Hands off the Antarctic" above, courtesy of YouTube.

The video features Yorke's music set to footage captured by Greenpeace's research ship Arctic Sunrise.  Yorke shared his thoughts about the video on his social media, saying, "My new collaboration with Greenpeace is dedicated to the Antarctic, and the two million people working to protect it."  He also shared insight with The Independent:

There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint.

This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That’s why we should protect it.

The song is built around a fast techno beat and eerie synths.  The bare instrumental is paired beautifully with snow-capped mountains, bird, penguins, seals, and floating glaciers.  The urgency of the tempo — which sounds like an anxious heartbeat — underscores the importance of environmental conservation.  Earlier this month, the UN released a report that "Rapid and unprecedented action" will be required to stave off dangerous shifts in climate change in the coming years.

Yorke has been a busy man lately.  The Radiohead frontman will be releasing his third solo album and first soundtrack later this month, for the film Suspiria.

For more, check out Thom Yorke's Zumic artist page.

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