After a three year hiatus, TV On the Radio has a new album coming out (Seeds out Nov. 18th) and a new single (Happy Idiot) which seems poised to become a permanent fixture on my, and everyone else’s playlist. As many fans know, the long break between their last album, Nine Types Of Light, and this one stemmed from both the death of their bassist, Gerard Smith, in 2011 from lung cancer, and years of touring and putting out albums non-stop.
While a break of this duration could have spelled doom for the band, it seems that, in this case, it has been an advantage if Happy Idiot is any indication of what the new album is going to sound like.
And I for one an thrilled, Happy Idiot is New Wave-ish, loud, melancholy and danceable…a combination that seems absolutely perfect for a Monday (or any day when you are not in the mood to face the world without some sort of battle cry).
So check it out after the break, but don’t blame me if you spend the rest of the day singing it out loud to your co-workers, that’s just the price you pay for awesomeness.