Track of the Day: 'Will Do'

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Past TracksTV on the Radio, the eccentric five-piece band from Brooklyn has released an album every couple years since forming a decade ago. And its fourth studio album, Nine Types of Light, officially hits stores April 12th. The new release already promises a moodily buoyant mix of songs for summer, joining precisely unhinged instrumentals with jauntiness reminiscent of the Talking Heads in new tracks like "Caffeinated Consciousness." The album comes mysteriously accompanied by a movie (see the dramatic, colorful trailer here) as well as the troubling recent news that band's bassist, Gerard Smith, is struggling with lung cancer.

Released back in February, "Will Do" is the first single from Nine Types of Light. Despite muscular underlying beats, the song is slow and focuses on the gentle emotions of a relationship, full of longing and affection and frustration. "Any time'll do, my love," Tunde Adebimpe sings. "What choice of words will take me back to you?" It continues the band's trend away from the raw howling of earlier years (the restless, stirred angst of Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes and later rock tracks like "Wolf Like Me"). The sentiments are far less wild and riotous than in earlier years, perhaps indicative of a broader change amid growing popularity and polished success. Adebimpe even acted in Rachel Getting Married as the band grew renowned. But the measured movements of "Will Do" may also be a sign of maturity--and a strong reason to give the new album an hour of your time.


On iTunes: TV on the Radio / "Will Do"

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John Hendel is a writer based in Washington, DC, and a former producer at The Atlantic.

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