The video below for 'Lotus Flower,' is shot in black-and-white, and the video features Thome Yorke flailing about. One moment you feel like he is a blossoming lotus flower, the next moment he seems to be channeling his inner Marcel Marceau, doing a mime routine.
The choreography (and yes this was choreographed by Wayne McGregor) seems to move from Yorke having convulsions to seeming to be a marionette, where some invisible strings are pulling his arms and legs in different directions.
One thing is for sure, there is nothing like it. It has a raw simplicity and the viewer is almost mesmerized by Yorke's movements as they are juxtaposed over Yorke’s introspective yet soaring vocals. This is in stark contrast to the other big music video release the same week from Britney Spears, which is full of effects, cut screens, and product placement.
Photo credit: Radiohead