Watch: Thom Yorke talks dreams, politics, and ‘ANIMA’ on ‘Colbert’

He reveals that 'anima' means 'little spirits,' 'dream-like state,' and 'soul'

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, whose last appearance on American late-night television was back in 2011, took to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night where he talked a wide range of topics including dreams, politics, and ANIMA.

In the clip, Colbert and Yorke talk about how his anxiety-ridden lyrics are reflective of the current political landscape. “I guess I wasn’t thinking about the future; I guess I was looking at what was happening at the time, it just seemed to get more obvious,” Yorke explained. “It’s more overt now, but it felt like everything I was talking about there. When we wrote the album Hail to the Thief, that seemed pretty bad, that period of time when Bush Jr. got in. And now we’re here.”

Yorke went on to explain Brexit before discussing the meaning of “anima,” the title of his recently released solo record. Yorke reveals that the Jungian word has several meanings including “little spirits,” “dream-like state,” and “soul.”

Watch Thom Yorke’s interview on The Late Show below.