TV On The Radio
TV On The Radio has never been a band to stick to one distinct sound throughout their career. From avant garde noise rock to fast-paced electro funk, they have always done a good job of mixing things up. Their last album 9 Types of Light was the first of the band’s four albums that did not to receive extremely high acclaim. In my opinion that is wrongfully so. I found 9 Types of Light to be a highly underrated album. The sound played off of their previous effort, Dear Science but also incorporated a more simple, lighter approach. With no fifth album officially announced, nor in the works, yesterday they released for the first time a new studio song that have been touring with for a while now, “Mercy”.
With “Mercy” we get a sound that comes off as 9 Types of Light crossed more with a harder Pixies-esque sound. It marks the return of the sharper, more clean-cut production that David Sitek has been incorporating on the past two albums, as well as a harder, more biting guitar riff that as I said, pulls influence from some harder Pixies material. The many layers still also exist, especially towards the end where the song begins to really build and Kyp Malone’s high pitched vocals begin to steal the show all the way from the background. It’s another great track from on of what I believe to be the better bands releasing modern music, and only further builds the anticipation to their next release. Of which I am sure will be great. Check it out for yourself here: