Tomorrow is a big day for TV on the Radio. After a few years of “indefinite” hiatus, their new album, Nine Types of Light, is out tomorrow on Interscope. As they get ready for their first release since 2008’s futuristic funk album “Dear Science”, which wowed critics and fans alike with its innovative beats, the boys are hitting the press circuit hard. You see, not only are they promoting their album, but their movie as well. Yes, TV on the Radio made a movie as a companion piece to their imminently forthcoming album. Seriously, why make things easy for yourself and coast on the success of your wildly acclaimed albums and the “Young Liars” EP, right? The trailer for the film is only available via Ping so click here, follow the instructions, and then come right back. As you saw, the 30-second trailer is more of a tease than a preview, in that you can’t actually figure out what is going on or if there is, say, a plot. Luckily, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone sat down with the New York Times to explain a bit about their movie:
Turns out, the movie is ten music videos (one for each song on the new album) strung together with some extras. Mostly made by their friends, the movie doesn’t seem to have a narrative arc so much as it tells the story of the songs on the album. Sounds perfect for an ambitious band who once “released” an album by hiding it in random sofa cushions of New York coffee shops.
To get you ready to purchase the new album tomorrow, here’s the video for the first single, “Will Do”: