Returning from NYC Monday night, jet lag definitely got the better of me and so #Tunesday turned into Wednesday which then morphed into Thursday. Time flies as they say, and the older you get, the more quickly time moves along.
Four years ago doesn’t feel like that long ago, even though for myself, and for TV on the Radio, much has changed. For the band, 2011 the release of their last album, Nine Types of Light and then shortly after, the death of bassist Gerard Smith, who sadly succumbed to lung cancer.
This week, Seeds, their fifth full-length album, was released and it marks a continued evolution of the Brooklyn based band’s overall sonic direction. Their sound feels as layered as ever but with Seeds, some of those layers are clearer and more well defined. Personally, I feel that their trademark lo-fi noise-scape sometimes interfered with the clarity that I wanted to be there. Seeing them live a few times, that lo-fi sound didn’t always translate clearly enough and I felt got a bit in the way of otherwise beautiful nuances crafted throughout. This release though feels and sounds different, as if a veil has been lifted from the amps, and everything sounds more purposeful and distinct, and catchy as ever.
This really comes through with “Winter”, one of the album’s highlights, a slow rockin’ siren’s call to everyone who will listen. It’s an excellent track from a great band that have stepped through tragedy and into one of their best releases yet.