1, Thom Yorke – The Eraser (XL Recordings, 2016)
Yorke’s first solo album was a chance for him to throw himself more into his love of electronic music, channelling Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Autechre, along with some more post-rock leanings.
2. Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch, 2019)
Jonny Greenwood’s primary solo output has been via his hugely influential film score projects, and this one for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 film is some of his best work. Sweeping and engulfing, much like the vast barren landscapes the film depicts, as well as being restrained, intricate and free from Hollywood bombast.
3. Thom Yorke – Anima (XL Recordings, 2019)
An album that slipped out quietly after the more press-featured soundtrack album he did for Suspiria, this is some of Yorke’s most interesting and arresting work. Minimal glitchy electronics, combined with his ever-distinct vocals, make for an album that manages to sound harsh and abrasive as well as tender and potent.
4. Jonny Greenwood – You Were Never Really Here (Invada, 2018)
The score for Lynne Ramsay’s ultra-visceral film is one that matches it for tension and edge. It’s a perpetually unravelling piece that broods and pulses in menacing tones, and is one of his most potent scores to date.
5. Phillip Selway – Weatherhouse (Bella Union, 2014)
Radiohead’s drummer has released two albums, an EP and a soundtrack LP over the years. However, perhaps the finest of the bunch is this one. It’s a gentle collection of art-rock that fuses ambient-like soundscapes and piano compositions with Selway’s delicate vocals.