So, after some thought, i decided to say yes to this.. Vocals recorded with Geoff in Bristol. Next step was getting Obi Blanche involved to add a new angle and therewith element of Finnish unexpectedness.
This is the result:
Others on the compilation include:
Diagrams, Austra, School Of Seven Bells, Tu Fawning, EMIKA, ADA, Gravenhurst, Breton, Hooray For Earth, Locas In Love und Sizarr
Interview with Musikexpress Germany’s Christopher Hunold:
What is your connection to Radiohead in general? Are there any aspects that have been an influence for you as a musician?
Anika: I have to admit, they weren’t really on my radar until fairly recently. I do however love their videos and the way they approach song-writing and song-making. They have worked with some great directors and come up with some crazy concepts. I also like the way it feels like you’re in a washing machine when you listen to their albums.
Obi: No connection at all. I remember that they looked really cool and they had loads of guitar pedals on stage, but they didn’t really influence me.
Do you have a special memory about the record OK Computer? What was your initial reaction when you first heard it and when was that? And more important, what does it still mean to you today? Do you think it’s still as important to „music“ as it was 15 years ago?
Anika: Admittedly, the band seemed to pass me by until around 6 years ago, when I was introduced to them by a friend at University, who was completely obsessed. There is no rational explanation for this unawareness because it fitted in with much of the music I grew up with. Anyhow, she was my housemate back then and remains one of my closest friends but at the time, it used to annoy the hell out of me. She played Ok Computer and the rest, on repeat, for the entire 2 years.
Obi: I’ve heard a few Radiohead songs from the radio and tv, but can’t say from which album. They had something called ‘Kid-A’ I assume? There was an animated guy sitting under a tree.
Was Fitter Happier your cover of choice? If so, what is it about that song that fascinates you more than any other song on OK Computer?
Anika: I chose the song because you can do so much with it. It’s the only one where making it, I didn’t feel like I was competing with a legendary band. We could just take it wherever and have some fun with it. I knew I’d be able to mess with it to an appropriate level.
Obi: Anika called and said lets do this Radiohead cover and I asked if I could hear the original and she said no!
Can you tell us a little bit about the way you approached this cover and the process of recording it? Did you have a certain concept in mind? Was there anything you wanted to add or is there a special moment in the song you wanted to emphasize?
Anika: I didn’t want to produce some ego stroking ‚epic’ Lord of the Rings take. This was the result.. Originally, I wanted to take it somewhere really Willow’s Song but after failing to trace a bagpipe player, I decided to take it to Cuba instead.
Obi: First I heard the lyrics and got the mood, then I turned my machines on and after 5minutes Anika said thats it and we recorded my amps with two different field recording systems. We used those recorders a lot on this one, sampled Handy-trax, made a beat out of U-Bahn doors closing + some atmos. We didnt really emphasize any particular parts of the lyrics, they are quite self complementary.