Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Head Music Torch Song?

This week's Song/Video of the Week, the sad, swaying 'You' by New York's own TV On The Radio, manages the rare hat trick of being both wistful and invigorating. Imagine Peter Gabriel singing a torch song, and you have a hint of what a treat awaits you.

TVOTR is surely among this past decade's best, most critically acclaimed independent groups. They are both relentlessly ambitious and musically alluring, as Tunde Adebimpe's odd timber electrifies the group's mix of post-punk, jazz, soul, electro, shoegaze, a cappella and even doo-wop..

The quintet is driven by the plaintive, soulful vocals of Nigerian-born actor-director-singer Tunde Adebimpe and the haunting atmospherics of NY-born guitarist-producer-mix David Andrew Sitek. I've loved them since their first song, the Peter-Gabriel-esque 'Young Liars' from 2003. Guest musicians abound, from glam godfather David Bowie to members of critically acclaimed indie bands such as Blonde Redhead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Antibalas. Check out their website.

The 'You' video finds Adebimpe dressed like Sly Stone with some odd conversational interludes.. Enjoy...

Just listen and look... The 'Golden Age' clips underscores that TVOTR's video work is as memorable as their music...

To this day I find TVOTR's 2003 debut, 'Young Liars,' to be compelling, haunting, and cathartic.. Here's lead singer Tunde Adebimpe doing it live, and
nearly unplugged, last year at Glasslands in Brooklyn...

TVOTR's style and composition is very unusual, left-field, but always compelling... Here's 'Dreams' from their first album,,,

Here's a good fan video of another TVOTR classic from 2003, 'Satellite'

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