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  • TV On The Radio - Dear Science (Deluxe Edition) (2009) - [Alternative]

    2009-02-12

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    Artist.....: TV On The Radio
    Title......: Dear Science (Deluxe Edition)
    Label......: Geffen

    Store Date.: 000-00-0000
    Genre......: Rock

    Encoder....: Lame 3.97 / -V2 --vbr-new
    Size.......: 105.6 MB


    Track Listing:

    01 - Halfway Home                                    05:32
    02 - Crying                                          04:11
    03 - Dancing Choose                                  02:56
    04 - Stork & Owl                                     04:02
    05 - Golden Age                                      04:12
    06 - Family Tree                                     05:34
    07 - Red Dress                                       04:25
    08 - Love Dog                                        05:37
    09 - Shout Me Out                                    04:16
    10 - Dlz                                             03:49
    11 - Lover's Day                                     05:54
    12 - Untitled                                        04:01
    13 - Make Love All Night Long                        03:32
    14 - Heroic Dose                                     07:18
    15 - Dancing Choose (Prefuse 73 Remix)               03:49
    16 - Crying (Telepathe Remix)                        04:29

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                                                         73:37 min
    Release Notes:

    http://www.tvontheradio.com/

    "A lot of bands have something to say," explains TV On The Radio
    producer/multi-instrumentalist David Sitek. "We have something to
    ask."

    Indeed. Good luck finding easy answers in TVOTR's ever-evolving
    soundscapes, though, whether we're talking about their new disc,
    Dear Science (DGC/Interscope) or the band's early days. When
    guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone joined, he didn't even get what
    Sitek and vocalist Tunde Adebimpe were going for on their
    self-released 2002 debut, OK Calculator.

    "Aspects of OK Calculator are genius," says Malone, "but it isn't
    as laser-focused as Young Liars." Neither were Adebimpe and
    Sitek's early live sets, boundless and brash bits of performance
    art that Malone remembers as "an open mic/karaoke night gone awry.
    I could hear songs peeking through it all but it wasn't really my
    thing."

    Boy did that change in 2003, as Young Liars became Malone's
    favorite CD-R (he'd often play it for the latte sippers at a local
    coffee shop) and the group's first Touch & Go release. An
    immediate favorite among critics, the EP nailed Sitek's goal of
    sounding like a "grand four-track thing," from the epic, evocative
    balladry of "Blind" to the spectral pop trails of "Staring At the
    Sun." To make things even more interesting, Malone dropped his
    skepticism and joined the group full-time before Young Liars'
    official release, with drummer Jaleel Bunton and bassist Gerard
    Smith rounding out the band's rhythm section soon after.

    "We had a gig in Iceland where we needed a full band so we asked
    the two best guitar players we knew, Gerard and Jaleel, to play
    drums and bass," explains Sitek, laughing. "It's absurd that Kyp
    and I are even holding a guitar when Jaleel and Gerard are fucking
    bananas at playing it."

    While that may be true, TV On The Radio's loose approach to
    songwriting, recording and performing leaves an incredible amount
    of room for instrument-swapping and role reversals. Rather than
    rely on a stringent and stale guitars/bass/drums/vocals setup, the
    quintet often brings home-demoed sketches to the studio along with
    the attitude that a track needs to go through everyone's filter
    before it becomes a fully formed song.

    "Music is the most flexible medium in the world for me," explains
    Sitek, the beat conductor responsible for distilling the band's
    tracks down to a living, breathing composition that's never
    cloying or cumbersome. "There is no shortage of ideas; the hard
    part is not following each whim."

    As much as he tries to keep a record sounding lean, Sitek is quick
    to admit, "It takes most bands an album to get to a high track
    count. I can go from 4 to 96 in a day, without question. I'm track
    hungry, really. A lot of stuff isn't even an instrument."

    The densest a TVOTR disc ever got was their third LP, 2006's
    Return to Cookie Mountain, a collection of songs you need to scale
    with hi-def headphones to truly appreciate. Sitek went a little
    lighter on the multi-tracking with this Dear Science, but not by
    much. The album's opener, "Halfway Home," is vintage TVOTR, for
    instance--a rich, speaker-swallowing canvas of careening beats,
    buzzing riffs (or are those synths?) and bloodletting vocals.
    Things get strange from that point on, however, as mirror balls
    spin (a dare-we-say-danceable "Crying," the helicopter hook of
    "Golden Age") and Adebimpe attacks "Dancing Choose" like a
    mic-wielding battle rapper.

    And then there are the glimmers of drum & bass ("Shout Me Out"),
    drunken horn sections ("Red Dress," one of several songs to
    feature members of Antibalas), and carefully-plucked film score
    strings ("Stork & Owl") that spice up what's clearly TVOTR's most
    challenging effort yet. Not challenging in the sense of being a
    rough listen--challenging in terms of rewriting the group's
    supposed gloomy, stormy aesthetics.

    "You know how people always say that comedians are some of the
    saddest people in the world?" asks Adebimpe. "Well, the opposite
    is true, too. As heavy as some of the songs get, the joking around
    that goes around between the five of us gets out of control
    sometimes."

    "If people are listening to us because we're dark and brooding,
    great," adds Sitek, "But I think there's a greater percentage
    looking for us to do something different with every album. Some of
    the darkest songs on Dear Science are the more upbeat ones. Like
    'Crying' is f**king heavy, dude."

    If you' still toss on such beautifully-damaged tracks as "Dreams"
    and "Ambulance" when times get tough, don't worry--TV On The Radio
    still goes for the jugular in the melancholic and moody
    department. In fact, some of Dear Science sounds downright
    menacing. Take "DLZ": a fang-baring "f**k you" to the idea of
    death being "your last chance to do anything" according to
    Adebimpe, it's some of most frightening, and affecting, music in
    the TVOTR canon. "Stork & Owl" is much more muted in its mix of
    skittering beats, wilting strings and gorgeous, multi-tracked
    harmonies but good luck putting on a happy face after succumbing
    to its postmodern soul soundtrack.

    "It's like Bukowski once said, 'I write all of this stuff to get
    away from it,'" explains Adebimpe, who struggled with the deaths
    of a friend and family member during the making of Dear Science.
    "Writing is a meditation, an exercise to put away all these
    painful things.'"

    And that's ultimately what TV On The Radio still hopes to do with
    its music--they're still looking to connect, to make people feel
    something, anything no matter how up or down a song's arrangement
    is.

    "I grew up listening to Joy Division, New Order, Echo & the
    Bunnymen, the Cure, the Smiths and the Swans," says Malone. "Some
    of that qualifies as 'goth' but it didn't make me depressed to
    listen to that music despite what my parents assumed. It didn't
    add to my 'angst' as a teenager. I simply identitfied with
    something in the music.

    "It made me feel less alone, you know?" he continues. "If I could
    be that for someone else, that would make me happy. It'd be a real
    form of success for me."

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