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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
Interscope Records
www.tvontheradio.com


Imagine psychedelic rock with modern-pop leafing and you'll grasp the gist of TV On The Radio's latest disc Dear Science. Their music borders on the cusp of sounding experimental while clutching shoegaze-pop principles. The kind of blemishes that TV On The Radio make on pop music are the kind that arouse people's higher senses with tracks fostering grooves that are home in the club culture.

They start the album off with the quick jumping beats and glassy shoegaze shuffles of "Halfway Home" which cast a resemblance to the juicy orchestral-pop flares of Canada's The Dears. Then the album drifts into bluesy-soul swivels motoring "Crying" before diving into the high energy spins and arousing combustions lining "Dancing Choose." TV On The Radio are no strangers to going out on a limb with their music, and Dear Science certainly does not shy away from the challenge as the album stays bumper to bumper, riding along experimental rock ledges.

The smoothly sheened falsettos of lead singer Tunde Adebimpe along "Stork & Owl" kindle the rolling swells with David Bowie-style arcs as celestial-pitched strings wander blissfully along the upper register of the melody. The tune has a bedroomy glare, which shifts into a bluesy rock swagger in "Golden Age." The track has palpitating jungle beats which axle a sensual strut that intensifies the band's persuasive daydreamy tendency. "Family Tree" and "Love Dog" have more classic-pop shadings with willowy synths and whispery vocals gilding the melodic folds, although "Red Dress" displays much more animalistic sensibilities raked with intervals of bubbly horns. Soft, pulsating beats roll along "Shout me Out" as waves of psychedelic vapors flood into the track like a choir or sprouting geysers.

The band has distinct melodic sensibilities that show fingers in '80s space rock shoegaze and instincts that are sharply aware of how to cultivate melodies with modern pop fuses like in "Lover's Day," which has a romantic orchestral-pop dreaminess so akin to The Dears. TV On The Radio's music shows influences of many different styles, and yet, each song has the band's distinctive stamp, so every song unquestionably comes from their own vision.

-Susan Frances

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