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.
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