TV On The Radio – “Mercy”

By Michael Nelson / July 30, 2013 - 2:10 pm

TV On The Radio have been including new song “Mercy” in live sets for a little while now (we covered one iteration of the song back in May), and today, a studio version has emerged. The completed track is all sharp edges and buzzing guitars, flashing bright, bold colors against negative space. It’s much heavier than anything on TVOTR’s last album, 2011’s Nine Types Of Light, and that’s a welcome development to be sure. But it features Dave Sitek’s lush, multilayered sonics, too, especially as it builds to a climactic finish. Sounds pretty damn good to me. Listen for yourself.