Brooklyn denizens TV on the Radio are set to release Return to Cookie Mountain September 12 and are gearing up for a fall tour that will take their avant-rock from Portland to Philly and all auspicious points in between.
A little history for the uninitiated: After forming TV on The Radio, Dave Sitek and Tunde Adebimpe put out the self-released “OK Calculator” in 2003. After gaining members Jaleel Bunton, Kyp Malone, and Gerard Smith, TV on the Radio released 2004’s Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes (Touch and Go) which received that year’s Shortlist Prize (given for the most creative and adventurous album). They won so convincingly, in fact, the award was disbanded when judges realized TVOTR’s opus would assuredly remain the most groundbreaking record of all time.
Unafraid to top themselves, however, TVOTR returned to the studio after stints by members acting, producing, animating and ruling Williamsburg with a firm but fair hand. The result: a beautifully-charged Return to Cookie Mountain, which runs through tracks of artful punk, noisy pop, and gospel noise. The album’s already earning early and effusant praise. Here are some of the early reports trickling in:
Both monster and masterpiece… odd, addictive, unsettling and beautiful.
TV on the Radio’s Return to Cookie Mountain is inspired, beautiful noise.
A punk gospel uplift that's often profoundly moving. There's an old saying that agitators play music because they like the noise it makes. TV on the Radio play noise because they like the music it makes.