It’s been hard to tell just what would happen to TV On The Radio after the death of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011. Even considering the future prospects of the band always felt cheap and immoral. Life is so much bigger than this.
When I saw the band at Free Press Summer Festival in 2013, their energy never waned, the spirit of the music was never once dampened. So, it comes as little surprise “Happy Idiot” is a cathartic, illuminating journey, no matter what Tunde Adebimpe sings on the song. “Since you left me, babe / It’s been a long way down,” goes one particularly revealing line. “So I shut it off / I shut it all off,” he follows, in what is one of the most vulnerable moments in TVOTR’s discography.
Seeds will be released 18 November through Harvest.