This is so badass.
I’m stoked to hear Amok, the debut album from the project Thom Yorke put together with Flea, Atoms for Peace, which is supposed to come out next year. They announced the deets this week.
Even cooler than the details of their debut album, Atoms For Peace’s website, atomsforpeace.info, has a free download of one of a tracks from the album, “What The Eyeballs Did”—but only if you know where to look. Or if you’re lucky enough to stumble on it. It’s hidden on the site as an “Easter Egg”—a term web types use to describe any hidden little nugget that users can discover, whether it’s an animation or a game or whatever. This is one of my favorite web design tricks, but it’s tragically under-used.
In this case, you’d have to get real lucky to find it. The whole site is a work of art, an odd, almost surreal, somehow creepy and alienating but not entirely bleak work of art. It’s gorgeous. So, very typical of Thom Yorke’s style. It’s mostly an image but there are many tiny animations going on throughout it. Your eye doesn’t know where to look. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d probably never accidentally find it. But searching for it can be half the fun, I suppose.
If you want to find it yourself, read no further. If you just want the download, go to the site, scroll right—yes, scroll right, which I absolutely love, changing up the typical vertical orientation of websites—until you see LA’s Union Station, the building with the clock tower (not the Times building, which also has a clock). Mouse over the clock and you’ll see its hands start spinning furiously. Click on it, and it will download “What The Eyeballs Did.”
So fucking cool.