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TV on the Radio's Sitek launches solo NEW YORK (Billboard) - When Dave Sitek is described as ambitious, it's in relation to the intricate production and instrumentation he employs with his primary band, indie fave TV on the Radio. But Sitek's true ambition, he reveals, is a little more ... blond.

"I was trying to make Madonna's first record," Sitek says, punctuating the statement with a giggle. "I was trying to make something that was clear and bright and fast-paced."

Widely considered a hipster king and a Brooklyn mover and shaker, despite the fact that he now lives in Los Angeles, Sitek says he brought his '80s influences to bear on his forthcoming solo project, "Maximum Balloon," out September 21 on Interscope.

"Nile Rodgers is one of my favorite producers," Sitek says of the man behind such albums as Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Duran Duran's "Notorious." "I feel like people have a hard time taking the '80s stuff seriously because not enough time has passed, but one day we'll look back and realize how important it was."

Sitek chose to do the album as a solo project rather than working on the music with his TV on the Radio bandmates because he "didn't want to have to convince people or apologize for wanting to make clever use of synthesizers." But he does bring some of his friends along on the album, including Theophilus London, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TVOTR compatriots Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. The album is definitely rooted in the decade of decadence, but it manages to avoid sounding like a retro covers project.

"We know who the audience is for this record," says Luke Wood, president of Interscope auxiliary DGC Records and chief strategy officer at Interscope Geffen A&M. "And it's not just TV on the Radio fans. It's anyone who likes Arcade Fire or Spoon or Hot Chip or any of the other bands in that orbit."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:30
 
(UK)

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Late 80's and 90's band The Sundays always had exactly the right name for a band whose albums were perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. Just as the music of The Sundays is remembered fondly for the ethereal sound of Harriet Wheeler's vocals, the same can be said about the fledgling recordings of Let's Buy Happiness and the melodic tones of Sarah Hall. This is not a disservice to the musical abilities of Wheeler's partner David Gavurin or to the undoubted talents of band members of Let's Buy Happiness (which are all integral parts of the whole), but it is a fact of life in popular music - as 70's musician and composer Richard Carpenter may attest. The resemblance of Hall's voice to that of Wheeler's is both uncanny and welcome at the same time.

"They take the ecclesiastical soundscape as designed by Robin Guthrie [of the Cocteau Twins] et al and give it a poppy spin... [Sarah Hall's] got a voice that connotes angelic purity," Paul Lester wrote for the Guardian. "If Let's Buy Happiness had been around circa 1989/90, they would have been duking it out with The Sundays for the front cover of Melody Maker or NME."

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