TV On The Radio: Seeds
As the dead leaves of Fall have begun to accumulate in the streets, TV On The Radio’s upcoming album Seeds is just beginning to blossom. Recorded in Los Angeles at Federal Prism Studios, it will mark their first full-length effort since the 2011 death of bandmate and friend Gerard Smith. While the experience shook the group, their radio silence was broken in 2013 with “Million Miles” and “Mercy”, helping to restore hope for the future. As per tradition, the album was produced by the group’s own Dave Sitek, and frontman Tunde Adebimpe feels “...the record is 1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve done.” A high bar to meet? Yes, but the Brooklyn-based fellows have demonstrated the ability to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing musical landscape, and they’ve only gotten better as seasons pass.
“Happy Idiot” served our first spoonful of the album with a fast-paced flashback to Return To Cookie Mountain. Adebimpe basks in the bliss of his ignorance admitting he doesn’t “want to stay where the blame is all mine” pushing him to “shut it all off.” While high-hats sizzle and set the pace for a melancholy guitar riff, an ambient synth slowly descends and fills the space around our pensive vocalist.
Nine Types Of Light found the group immersed in their most electronically influenced work to date and the latest single lands on a like-minded path. “Careful You” greets us with a slow, bubbling bassline as a French-speaking lover is addressed in a time of tumult and change. Although “you’ve done a number on my heart, and things will never be the same” the question of “should I stay, should I go” burns through the duration of the song. Featuring some slick synth work and wholesome vocals that are manipulated beyond recognition by the track’s end, these eclectic teasers do well to verify Tunde’s statement on Seeds.
The album is set to release November 18th via Harvest Records and will be toured in the U.S. through November. Don’t miss them on the Bridge Stage tomorrow at Treasure Island Music Festival. See you there!