TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot”

By Michael Nelson / September 2, 2014

Last year, TV On The Radio released two pretty outstanding songs, “Mercy” and “Million Miles,” both of which suggested the band had a lot left to say. It’s pretty surprising that neither of those songs will appear on TVOTR’s upcoming Seeds, but that just makes the prospect of the new album even more exciting. Today, they release a track that will be on the album, “Happy Idiot,” and that makes the prospect of the new album pretty damn thrilling. “Happy Idiot” is an ice-cold new-wave number with hints of Ghost In The Machine-era Police. That’s intended as high praise. This is the best song they’ve released since Dear Science, and you absolutely must listen. Plus, check out the album’s artwork (above) and tracklist (below, where you’ll also find tour dates)

Seeds tracklist:

01 “Quartz”
02 “Careful You”
03 “Could You”
04 “Happy Idiot”
05 “Test Pilot”
06 “Love Stained”
07 “Ride”
08 “Right Now”
09 “Winter”
10 “Lazerray”
11 “Trouble”
12 “Seeds”

TVOTR tour dates:

10/17 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl (Supporting Massive Attack)
10/18 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent
10/24 – Joshua Tree, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
10/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful
11/12 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
11/13 – Montreal, QC @ Corona
11/14 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
11/16 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
11/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/18 – New York, NY @ Apollo
11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW
11/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW

Seeds is out 11/18 via Harvest. Pre-order it here.