“It kind of sounds like a tape from the ’80s you left in your car too long,” explains Pedro the Lion alumnus TW Walsh about his forthcoming album Fruitless Research, due out Feb. 12 off Graveface Records. The project’s lead single, “Young Rebels,” reflected this nostalgic narration, packed with bright, fuzzy synthesizers and subtly distorted vocals. Today, Walsh unveils a follow-up taste from his solo sophomore effort called, “Public Radio,” featuring co-production from collaborator Yuuki Matthews (The Shins, David Bazan and Crystal Skulls). Offering a marriage of Washed Out’s escapist, lo-fi sound with Daft Punk’s futuristic vocoder, the track builds a bridge between the past and the future.
“I’m not really a political person, but I have gotten frustrated with the two party system as it’s developed in the last couple decades,” Walsh said, discussing the motivations behind this track. “On the one hand, you have conservatives eating Rush Limbaugh for breakfast and FOX News for dinner. It’s a steady diet of fear and anger. On the other hand, you have the progressives glued to NPR on the way to work and laughing along with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at night. This fosters a culture of superiority and dismissiveness. It’s easy to poke fun at the tea partiers and the birthers, but I think that progressives should take a look at their own media consumption and attitudes, as well. I wrote ‘Public Radio’ because I think NPR is the opiate of the educated. We’re all being entertained to death. In the meantime, civic life has been reduced to finger-pointing and road rage. I don’t want any part of it. So I make up songs instead.”
Stream the BlackBook premiere of “Public Radio,” below, and pre-order Fruitless Research, here.