Maximum Balloon – “Communion (ft. Karen O)”
September 16, 2010, 7:23 pm
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Being the workaholic that he is, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek had to keep himself busy while the band is on hiatus.  While working on various instrumental tracks, he roped in many of his vocally-inclined friends (Karen O, David Byrne and Little Dragon, to name a few) and named the project Maximum Balloon.  The Karen O- fronted “Communion” is a clear stand-out.  After years of working together, it should come as no surprise that they make for an incredibly fluid duo.  “Communion” is aesthetically akin to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Dragon Queen” and, as such, doesn’t sound far removed from something the YYY’s would construct on their own.  This isn’t a slag against Sitek – quite the opposite.  On Maximum Balloon (and especially “Communion”), Sitek plays to his collaborators’ strengths and the results feel completely organic and alive.

Maximum Balloon is out 9/21 on Interscope.

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