What songs are featured in the ANIMA short film?
The ANIMA album was first announced via a viral marketing campaign for a fake company named "Anima Technologies" that promised to retrieve forgotten dreams. Mysterious ads appeared in trains in London, newspapers, and phone booths, offering up a real phone number to call. If you called it, you heard a voicemail that ended with a bit of "Not the News," the first track featured in the ANIMA short. It begins to play when Yorke starts to doze off on the train, setting up a burst of timed head nodding, and continues as he walks through shadow-strewn streets like a wrongly accused man in a noir movie, the walls around him covered in projections by artist Tarik Barri. The song ends as Yorke approaches and climbs a giant white stone structure.
At this point, "Traffic," the first song on the ANIMA album, kicks in. The skittering, glitchy beat provides the perfect soundtrack for the most physically slapstick moment in the video, which finds Yorke struggling to keep up with the brisk, repetitive movements of the dancers around him. Dressed in simple jackets and no shoes, their bodies slide along the flat surface, limbs flailing and twisting, and Yorke avoids them like he's dodging attackers in his own low-stakes version of a Mission: Impossible movie or a Frogger-like video game. Look at Thom go!
Then, piles of trash begin to blow about and we crossfade into the film's final movement, which features "Dawn Chorus," the fourth track on the album and an eagerly anticipated song amongst Radiohead fans. (As Pitchfork points out, "Dawn Chorus" was "long thought to be the official title for a song that was played during one of the band’s soundchecks in 2008" and the band formed Dawn Chorus LLC as a shell company to release 2016's A Moon Shaped Pool.) It's a forlorn, synth-smeared love ballad that will likely remind fans of the band's In Rainbows era, and it plays as the short reaches its ruminative, melancholy conclusion.