Monte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura

first_imgMonte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveMonte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura Houses “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/214628/monte-alentejano-housing-quadrante-arquitectura Clipboard Monte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura Architects: Quadrante Arquitectura Year Completion year of this architecture project 2006 “COPY” Photographs Projectscenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/214628/monte-alentejano-housing-quadrante-arquitectura Clipboard Year:  Tanzania Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGText description provided by the architects. The single-family one storey Grândola housing, implanted in the hillside of a Monte Alentejano, all painted in white, is located over a schist stone plinth. This allows the circulation all over the building perimeter. As the roof has the same horizontal projection as the schist stone plinth, it allows the partial shading of the habitable area, working as an horizontal solar protection. Save this picture!back elevationRecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD21CompositesULMA Architectural SolutionsPolymer Concrete Facade in Sinafer HeadquartersBoardsEGGERMultiple Purpose Board – OSB 3The chimney breaking through the roof work sat the same time as a fire place chimney and an entrance for zenithal light into the living room making this a place of “comfort and cumplicity”.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: Harpa Concert Hall / Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur EliassonArticlesBloom / DO|SU Studio ArchitectureArticles Share ArchDaily CopyHouses•Tanzania Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 17 Share CopyAbout this officeQuadrante ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesTanzaniaPublished on March 12, 2012Cite: “Monte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura” 12 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardBedsFlorenseBed – UpholsteredSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassMetal PanelsTrimoMetal Panel Finishes – ArtMeSkylightsLAMILUXRooflight F100 CircularWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in TransportationSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement-Bonded Particle Board – Viroc NatureMetal PanelsRHEINZINKSeam Systems – Flatlock TilesSofasMenuDining Bench – EaveTablesArtisanCoffee Table – BloopMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Monte Alentejano Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Barbarism at your gates – who will end the torment of Mexico’s journalists?

first_img to go further MexicoAmericas May 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Barbarism at your gates – who will end the torment of Mexico’s journalists? Organisation News Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas Open letter to U.S. President Barack ObamaDear President Obama,Your two-day official visit to Mexico this week coincides with World Press Freedom Day. Reporters Without Borders, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that defends freedom of information, hopes the visit will result in a firm commitment by you to help restore the rule of law and civil liberties in this country.Last Sunday, hundreds of journalists and human rights defenders staged marches in 14 Mexican states at the request of many NGOs, including ours, to demand an end to the barbarity that targets them, and an end to impunity for those responsible for the barbarityThe date chosen, 28 April, was the first anniversary of the murder of Regina Martínez, the newsweekly Proceso’s correspondent in the eastern state of Veracruz. Just four days before the marches, the dismembered body of Daniel Martínez Bazaldúa, a photographer for the newspaper Vanguardia, was found in the northern state of Coahuila. Another journalist, Gerardo Blanquet of the Radio Grande group, went missing in Coahuila on 30 April.A law approved by the Mexican congress on 25 April, making it easier for crimes against freedom of information to be addressed by the federal authorities, is a step forward but is not enough. A federal protection mechanism which was set up last October and which has so far been applied to 48 people, including 13 journalists, is also praiseworthy in principle but again is far from sufficient.In the past 10 years, Mexico has become the western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for journalists, with 86 killed and 18 missing. They include Brad Will, a U.S. cameraman working for the Indymedia agency, who was gunned down in Oaxaca on 27 October 2006. Justice has not been properly rendered in any of these cases.The continuing terror and impunity has forced many journalists, bloggers and civil society activists to go into hiding, flee the region where they live and sometimes flee the country with the help of NGOs such as ours.When Reporters Without Borders visited Mexico in March, it managed to obtain a three-month extension to the protection being provided to Anabel Hernández, an investigative journalist who is a recognized authority on drug trafficking.But these efforts fall far short of the needs of the situation, the scale and complexity of which Mexico’s leading partner countries are taking too long to recognize. And the NGOs themselves are not immune to threats. Article 19 Mexico was recently targeted.The collapse of the rule of law in Mexico directly concerns the United States. It affects the safety and work of U.S. journalists, who are often exposed to the same dangers as their Mexican colleagues. It forces more and more Mexican journalists and bloggers to flee to the United States. Finally, and above all, it reflects the failure of policies meant to combat drug trafficking and the reign of the cartels.These misfortunes are part of a horrendous national tragedy that has been fueled by a six-year-old federal offensive against drug-trafficking with a toll of 80,000 dead – an offensive that has achieved none of its declared goals. Eighty per cent of the drugs transiting through Mexico end up in the United States while 80 per cent of the arms circulating in Mexico come from the United States.In the light of this situation, we would like to put three recommendations to the U.S. federal government. We urge it to:- Make it easier for Mexican journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders to obtain asylum in the United States.- Use its influence within the Organization of American States, together with other governments, so that pressure is put on Mexico to render justice in the cases of journalists who have been murdered or who have disappeared.- Press the Mexican federal government to obtain tangible results in the investigation into U.S. cameraman Brad Will’s murder, a case that is typical of the way officials are often complicit in violations of freedom of information in Mexico.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Follow the news on Mexico April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora statelast_img read more

Homeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisis

first_img LOCAL homeless organisations the Mid West Simon Community and Novas Initiatives say that Budget 2016 does not go far enough to address the current homeless crisis.While both groups welcomed the increase in funding for homeless services, they are disappointed at the omission of rent control measures from Tuesday’s budget.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jackie Bonfield, general nanager of the Mid West Simon Community said: “We are deeply disappointed that there will not be an announcement of introduction of rent certainty measures today. These measures are essential in light of rapidly increasing market rents to offer tenants greater security of tenure.“That these proposals have been blocked at a time when there is such limited social housing supply is appalling. Without such measures people will continue to find rents unaffordable and will continue to be pushed over the edge into homelessness. Rent certainty would provide the tenant and the landlord with certainty and security with tenancies.”Ms Bonfield was also critical of the government’s failure to increase rent supplement rates.“Our Locked Out report (August 2015) showed that 92 per cent of properties on the market are outside of the reach of people on state rent support. If people cannot afford growing markets rents with the limited state support provided we will continue to see people becoming homelessness and people prevented from leaving homelessness behind. It is almost impossible to find accommodation that falls within the supplement limits.”She also revealed that in the Mid West region this week, there were only nine available properties within the rent supplement limit – one in Clare, four in Limerick and four in Tipperary.A spokesperson for Novas Initiatives welcomed the government’s commitment of €17 million to emergency accommodation and to the social housing construction programme.However they added that it “does little to stem the tide of homelessness right now”.“Without an increase in rent caps and without rent certainty families will continue to be forced into homelessness with little hope of securing family accommodation in the short-term,” added that spokesperson.Referring to the news that NAMA is to provide more than 20,000 new houses over the next five year, Ms Bonfield said: “We have continuously expressed concern in relation to social housing provision that there is just too little happening at far too slow a pace. We cannot tell the men, women and children using our services, trapped in emergency accommodation and people sleeping on our streets at night to wait two years before they will have a home of their own. Local Authorities need to get back into the core business of building and delivering social housing to those who need it most.” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSBudget 2016homelessnesslimerickMid West Simon CommunityNovas Initiatives WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe Specks from Glasses IslandNext articleThe world looks different from above John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedincenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsHomeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisisBy John Keogh – October 15, 2015 612 Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories last_img read more

“Common Man Will Lose Faith In Judicial System” Advocates Urge Allahabad HC CJ To Order Judical Probe Into Vikas Dubey Encounter [Read Letter]

first_imgNews Updates”Common Man Will Lose Faith In Judicial System” Advocates Urge Allahabad HC CJ To Order Judical Probe Into Vikas Dubey Encounter [Read Letter] Akshita Saxena10 July 2020 8:40 AMShare This – x”Such an unfortunate incident is a glaring example when the Police tries to assume and usurp the powers and functions of a Court of Law established under the Constitution of India by executing a criminal in extra-judicial fashion, without proper investigation and without affording him a just and fair opportunity of trial before a Court of Law. It further sends an unfortunate…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Such an unfortunate incident is a glaring example when the Police tries to assume and usurp the powers and functions of a Court of Law established under the Constitution of India by executing a criminal in extra-judicial fashion, without proper investigation and without affording him a just and fair opportunity of trial before a Court of Law. It further sends an unfortunate and horrifying message about how fractured and anaemic the Judicial system is, which will result in common man losing his faith and trust in Indian judicial system and valued principles of rule of law as is promulgated by the Constitution of India.” Another letter has been addressed to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, now seeking a Judicial Inquiry of the Vikas Dubey Encounter episode. “Appalled” by the “sorry state of affairs” in the state of UP, Advocates Bhavya Sahai and Devesh Saxena have placed a representation before the Chief Justice, in the form of a letter petition, urging him to take cognizance of the alleged “Extra-Judicial Killing” of the Kanpur gangster. The Advocates claim that the UP Police’s version of the incident appears to be “fictional” and inspired from film scripts. “It is highly unlikely and improbable that a criminal being in custody of numerous S.I.T. officials and in their tight classified security will try to escape himself,” they said. Dubey was arrested from MP’s Ujjain yesterday, and was being brought to Kanpur by a convoy of the UP police, in connection with killing of eight policemen on July 3. Allegedly, the vehicle in which Dubey was seated overturned in a skid, after which Dubey is alleged to have died in cross-firing, in attempt to escape. Raising suspicion over the reported series of events the Advocates said, “As per the live coverage of various news channels, the place of occurrence of the entire incident was a Highway and the roads were perfectly in good condition, which makes it questionable as to how to a vehicle can overturn in such a fashion without an involvement of any third party or force, or as to how any sane person will try to make a daring and reckless attempt to flee from the custody of the police on an open Highway having no substantial place of cover/hideout in the vicinity and also to how he imposed a substantial threat to the Police personnel.” In matters of criminal offences, registration of FIR and enquiry at magisterial level is mandatory under various provisions of the CrPC, as also recognized by the Supreme Court in the case of PUCL v. State of Maharashtra (2014 10 SCC 635). The Advocates fear that if this incident goes unchecked judicially, then it will be treated as an act of “valour” by the police officials and it may become an “unwanted societal norm”. “Given the gravity and magnitude of the present incident it is imperative that this Hon’ble Court must take immediate cognizance of this incident and a Judicial Probe under the supervision of sitting judge of this Hon’ble Court must be ordered in order to ascertain the correct facts of the extra-judicial killing of criminal Vikas Dubey so that the faith of citizens in the Indian Judicial System is reaffirmed and restored,” they have urged the Court. A similar letter was addressed to the Chief Justice by a Supreme Court Advocate and a final year law student from Delhi University. They had urged the Chief Justice to order an independent CBI/ SIT enquiry into the incident, to unearth the true facts. Yesterday, a petition was filed before the Supreme Court, hinting at the possibility of Dubey being “killed” by the UP Police. “…there is every possibility that even accused Vikas Dubey shall be killed by Uttar Pradesh Police like other co-accused once his custody is obtained Uttar Pradesh Police,” the plea stated. Apart from seeking transfer of Dubey’s case to the CBI, the plea sought a thorough investigation into the “killing/alleged encounter” of Dubey’s aides who were allegedly involved in killing of eight policemen. Click Here To Download Letter Read Letter Next Storylast_img read more

Huge €15m investment announced for Bunbeg

first_img WhatsApp West Donegal is to receive a major boost in the form of a multi-million euro investment in the Bunbeg area, announced today which includes the sale of Ostan Ghaoth Dobhair and the Seaview Hotel.€15 million is to be invested by Bunbeg Revitalisation Limited as part of the Regeneration of Bunbeg project.A 28 bedroom hotel, bar, restaurant and self-catering apartments are to be developed on the site of the former Seaview Hotel while a leisure and activity complex, luxury self-catering apartments and a bar and restaurant will be housed on the site of Ostan Ghaoth Dobhair.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says people can look forward to reaping the results of the work as early as Autumn 2021:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/pearsegweedoreweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleOver 9,000 hospitality jobs at risk in border regionNext articleUlster advising spectators not to enter pitches News Highland Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook By News Highland – September 21, 2020 Pinterest Huge €15m investment announced for Bunbeg AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gardai responding to crash in Stranorlar

first_img Previous articlePat Dolan gives his views on Finn Harps’ promotionNext articleMeeting requested with Tanaiste over new revelations in Patsy Kelly case News Highland Gardai responding to crash in Stranorlar News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – November 3, 2018 A road traffic collision has occurred this morning on the N13 just outside Stranorlar.The road is currently partially blocked just after McClay’s corner on the Letterkenny side of the town.At this time it’s believed a single vehicle was involved and there are currently no injuries reported.Motorists are advised to approach the area with caution and are advised that the road is passable with care Twitterlast_img read more

Evidence for a grounding line fan at the onset of a basal channel under the ice shelf of Support Force Glacier, Antarctica, revealed by reflection seismics

first_imgCurvilinear channels on the surface of an ice shelf indicate the presence of large channels at the base. Modelling studies have shown that where these surface expressions intersect the grounding line, they coincide with the likely outflow of subglacial water. An understanding of the initiation and the ice–ocean evolution of the basal channels is required to understand the present behaviour and future dynamics of ice sheets and ice shelves. Here, we present focused active seismic and radar surveys of a basal channel, ∼950 m wide and ∼200 m high, and its upstream continuation beneath Support Force Glacier, which feeds into the Filchner Ice Shelf, West Antarctica. Immediately seaward from the grounding line, below the basal channel, the seismic profiles show an ∼6.75 km long, 3.2 km wide and 200 m thick sedimentary sequence with chaotic to weakly stratified reflections we interpret as a grounding line fan deposited by a subglacial drainage channel directly upstream of the basal channel. Further downstream the seabed has a different character; it consists of harder, stratified consolidated sediments, deposited under different glaciological circumstances, or possibly bedrock. In contrast to the standard perception of a rapid change in ice shelf thickness just downstream of the grounding line, we find a flat topography of the ice shelf base with an almost constant ice thickness gradient along-flow, indicating only little basal melting, but an initial widening of the basal channel, which we ascribe to melting along its flanks. Our findings provide a detailed view of a more complex interaction between the ocean and subglacial hydrology to form basal channels in ice shelves.last_img read more

Saïd Business School takes over Oxford Playhouse for Michaelmas

first_imgThe agreement is initially just for Michaelmas term, but Playhouse Chief Executive Louise Chantal says it may be extended “depending on the feasibility and practicality of presenting live theatre to socially-distanced audiences in the New Year”. Despite the agreement providing some income for the Playhouse and meaning that more staff can return to work, Ms Chantal told Cherwell that the “future remains uncertain because we cannot second guess audience behaviour and when (or if) people will want to come back to live performances”. President of Oxford University Dramatic Society, Alasdair Linn, told Cherwell: “OUDS is currently working with the University Drama Officer and other University drama organisations to offer opportunities within the regulations. At this stage, we hope to go ahead with a reconfigured Cuppers, and we have a few other opportunities in the pipeline for all students.” ThePlayhouse is trying to adapt to the post-Covid world with socially-distancedperformances, and lots of digital work including 10 new commissions andco-commissions this Autumn. Louise Chantal said that social distancing would meancutting capacity from 632 to 140 for couples spaced two metres apart, or to 170for one metre. “The Playhouse gives us space for larger groups thanelsewhere, with 2m distancing, and we will observe the same health measuresthat we do in other buildings including one way flow systems and temperaturechecks on entrance.” As well as receiving “a nominal rent” from the BusinessSchool, Ms Chantal says that the theatre is also waiting to hear the result ofa bid for additional funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. A spokesperson for the Saïd Business School told Cherwellthat they “recognise that the Playhouse wants to return to operating as afull-time theatre as soon as is practical, but this arrangement allows thebuilding to be used in the meantime”.center_img Oxford University’s Saïd Business School has reached an agreement with the Oxford Playhouse allowing it to use the Beaumont Street theatre’s auditorium to host lectures for its Masters of Financial Economics students. The theatre remains shut due to the impact of coronavirus. Image credit to Oxford Playhouse/ Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0. The Business School has had to expand available teaching spaces as a result of social distancing measures which require group sizes to be reduced from 80 to 20. Many of their lectures have been moved online, but a spokesperson says: “In-person teaching is a quintessential part of the Oxford experience, and we would like to restore this for students, while keeping them and our wider community safe. Productions put on by Oxford University students, which are sometimes shown at the Oxford Playhouse, are having to adapt to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. Whilst theatres have been allowed to re-open since mid-August,the Oxford Playhouse is one of many theatres which has decided that it is noteconomically viable to re-open with social distancing in place. Ms Chantal adds: “We have been overwhelmed by the public response to our Playhouse Plays On appeal, which has raised over £170,000 so far.” She also credits the Government’s furlough scheme for enabling them to continue to employ 85% of their permanent staff throughout the closure period. last_img read more

Youth Anglers Win Bikes, Rod in O.C. Fishing Tourney

first_imgRalph Miller, center, chair of the 40th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament, awards new bicycles to, at left, Megan Ambrogi, 15, of Unionville PA, and 11-year-old Tyler Heres, of West Milford NJ. Two young anglers now have brand-new bicycles and a third owns a custom-made fishing rod because of their prowess in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 40th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, August 8.Fifteen-year-old Megan Ambrogi, of Unionville PA, won her bike by catching the largest fish in the tournament — a keeper 18-inch summer flounder on a live minnow. Her counterpart was Tyler Heres, 11, of West Milford NJ, who reeled in a 17 ¼-inch flounder.026: Maddi Koury, 13, of Chester Springs PA, holds up one of the 21 sea bass she caught to win a custom-made rod at the 40th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament.Because she caught the most fish for a girl — or anyone else — Maddi Koury, 13, of Chester Springs, PA, took home a seven-foot rod fashioned from a St. Croix blank and donated by legendary rod maker Joe Kelly, of JK’s Rods-in-Rigs in Hatboro PA. Her total was 21 sea bass and one oyster cracker.Catching the most fish among the boys was Xavier Ladik, 10, of Moorestown NJ., with six sea bass. He received a surf rod in addition to a plaque.Prizes were also awarded for catches in three age categories: 8 to 10 years; 11 to 13 years; and 14 to 16 years.Confronted by a brisk Northeast wind and an incoming tide, 100 youngsters participated in the two-hour tournament along Ocean City’s North Beach near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. They caught a total of 59 fish. All undersized fish were returned to the water.During the competition, members of the fishing club measured and recorded every catch. They were also available to offer advice and assistance when needed.Co-sponsored each year by the Ocean City Department of Recreation, the free event is open to boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16.Club secretary Margaret Feil, of Ocean View, coordinated the registrations and tallied the final results.Tournament chair Ralph Miller, of Ocean City and West Chester PA, thanked the many Ocean City businesses that donated rods, reels, gift certificates, and other prizes for the youngsters.— By George Ingram for the Ocean City Fishing Clublast_img read more

Radiohead Graces Us With A Masterpiece On A Moon Shaped Pool

first_imgIn the days prior to Radiohead releasing their ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, the group mysteriously erased their internet presence, effectively throwing the music and social media world into an absolute tizzy. Then they released the Trumpton and Camberwick Green-inspired video for “Burn the Witch”, along with a cryptic logo. While everybody tried to guess what the artwork meant, it became clear that amongst all the speculation over the last year or so, Radiohead was finally ready to grace the world with their latest masterpiece. And a masterpiece it is.Radiohead Shares ‘Burn The Witch,’ Their First New Single Since 2011 [Listen]A Moon Shaped Pool will find those that didn’t quite feel 2011’s King of Limbs back on the bus, as the album takes the listener on a journey of Radiohead’s past and present, while always staying two steps ahead of us in their just-out-of-reach future. The aforementioned lead single off Pool, “Burn The Witch”, delivers a strong opening, especially with the background strings that lead us into an absolute frenzy, quite the “low flying panic attack”, with Yorke never ceasing to fail in the angst category. The strings become a familiarity throughout the album, and find Jonny Greenwood continuing his pursuit of orchestral and compositional dominance.“Daydreaming” has a beautiful melody, very much a lullaby of sorts, with the orchestral strings creating a calming dreamscape. Radiohead has always found a way to be both somber and ethereal at the same time, making us look deep inside while reaching for the stars. “Decks Dark” is a case study of how Radiohead can be both so simple and complex at the same time. A simple piano melody, along with a simple drum beat from Philip Selway, and Colin Greenwood delivering a driving bass line. Radiohead has always been a culmination of all its parts (and sounds, for that matter); so simple, with so much going on. So haunting, yet oozing with sex at the same time. By the time you get to the last stanza, if you don’t find yourself bobbing your head ever-so-slightly while undulating your hips, you aren’t listening properly.The strumming of an acoustic guitar opens up “Desert Island Disk”. Probably the lightest and most straight forward track on the entire album, there are no innuendos here, as Yorke’s lyrics take us on a journey of rebirth and new experience, “Through an open doorway / Across a stream / To another life / And catching my reflection in a window / Switching on a light / One I didn’t know / Totally alive / Totally relieved”….it very much seems that our protagonist has left the past behind him. Could Yorke be discussing his separation from Rachel Owens, his girlfriend of 23+ years and mother to his two children? It is anybody’s guess, but the lyrics are somewhat of a change from the typically angst-ridden Yorke.“Ful Stop” has that walking down the stairs into a dark, dank underground club vibe to it. The music is muffled at first, then as you make your way further down the corridor, the doors burst open and the trip begins. One of the more uptempo songs on the album, this is going to drive people wild in the live setting, a la Kid A‘s “Idioteque“. This is classic Radiohead at their best; they understand how to layer better than any other group of musicians out there. At some point, do yourself a favor and walk through a garden or an arboretum, put “Glass Eyes” on and slowly breathe in and out as you begin to glide effortlessly through nature to the string arrangement that Greenwood has so eloquently composed for our ears. Just do it, and your stress level will go down exponentially. The quintet delves into a jazzier realm with the number “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief”, once again soaring into this ethereal space with strings that eventually fade away as the number comes to a close. It is interesting to see three songs that have been around for years make it onto Pools. “Identikit” carries a straight groove while Yorke and a backing choir chant, “Broken hearts make it rain”. It is also the most lead guitar we see on the entire album. As with “Present Tense” – a bossa nova number which features that all too familiar Yorke lament – and “True Love Waits” (the latter of which dates back to the 90’s), perhaps this is just another example of the band’s patience and perfectionist nature. This group has always been rather meticulous, and that quality is what makes them one of the greatest bands of all-time. One thing that we rediscover with A Moon Shaped Pool is the sheer brilliance that is Jonny Greenwood. He could arguably be one of the greatest composers of the last fifty years. He is able to manipulate sound with these expressive tones, lush textures and layered distortions without being bombastic in any way, shape, or form; a stark contrast from the bands early days on Pablo Honey, The Bends, and OK Computer, yet undoubtedly recognizable. If A Moon Shaped Pool is any indication, Greenwood has a lot left in the tank. And within those Greenwood layers, we find the ever-understated Ed O’Brien, an incredible guitarist in his own right, who adds sweeping arpeggios, pedal effects and rhythm guitar in such subtle fashion.This is still Radiohead, and undeniably so. Thematically, we still receive the alienation and malaise, as well as the serene and beautifully fractured; the band always walking along the precipice of both worlds. Elementally, there is still the balance between embracing the live instrumentation versus the electronic, a concept that Radiohead embraced early on and made no apologies for. We’ve always known that these five gentlemen from England have pushed the proverbial envelope with each of the nine albums they have so scrupulously created. They constantly evolve with each album, make no excuses for it, and sometimes at a pace that is quicker than what their fan base can keep up with. And while most will enjoy Pool on the first listen, this album (and most of Radiohead’s catalogue) typically take a second and third listen to truly grasp the magic that is going on. It could be said that A Moon Shaped Pool is the perfect culmination of each phase of Radiohead, touching upon every different period in the bands career, while at the same time making the argument that this is the band’s swan song, their final statement – as some rumors would make us believe. The album coming to a close on The Bends-era number “True Love Waits” could hint at that, as things may have come full circle. As Yorke sings “Just don’t leave / Don’t Leave” to close the album, we can question the meaning endlessly. Is it about his failed relationship? Is it time for the band to part ways? Or maybe they simply felt that they finally crafted the version of the song that was sought after all along.Regardless of any of that, to concentrate on the dissolution of Radiohead is a depressing thought when they literally just delivered perfection to us within the last forty-eight hours, and a thought that I personally would prefer to keep at arms length for a while longer. It just doesn’t seem like something that many of us are quite ready for just yet. Instead of speculating, we should be celebrating….at least for now. After all, if history tells us anything, we have another four to five year wait anyway. So, just relax and enjoy the album.last_img read more