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The Absence of Birds

by The Radio Dept.

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Nikki Celis
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Nikki Celis The Radio Dept. has been one of the most influential bands of my life. With The Absence of Birds, The Radio Dept. has succeeded once again in creating a cinematic headspace--or movie moment--that I can tap into during my times of reverie. Favorite track: The Absence of Birds.
Nick Green
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Nick Green A joyous track- thanks to wonderdog for the heads up Favorite track: The Absence of Birds.
heylisten
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heylisten After a season of flirting with electronic, Radio Dept. return to form!
The soft vocals and pensive lyrics are a nice throwback to their earlier material, but the sound is on another level of craft.
I'm particularly fond of how the track starts off low key and then takes off in such a way that is almost too good to be true. You can hear it as it soars in the distance. No doubt, one of the best tracks to grace my ears this year (or any year).

Thank you for making this kind of music! Favorite track: The Absence of Birds.
jspeaks
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jspeaks Flat out, the best song they've ever done. The bass line, keyboards, and vocals shine like a new star and I can't stop playing it.

A song about missing someone and doing all the wrong things for the right reason.
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The Absence of Birds There’s a drum beat And a verse Flooding my street And the girls they seem ecstatic This time it’s not on them To take the blame For the commotion In the front seat Of the car you left out here I’ve spent far too many hours Still can’t drive Just playing through these tapes Til it gets light outside These are things I shouldn’t do Just wish I was close to you Instead a block party with neighbours These amplified words And the absence of birds Roll down the windows Not a choice Find the endo I bet these boys will keep on dancing all night For once they’re not the ones being blamed For the commotion Like the drum beat Like the noise Loves the concrete I hope this voice while it still lingers This song Escapes the tape To reach your distant ears where it belongs These are things I shouldn’t say These are things I shouldn’t do These are things I shouldn’t say Just wish I was close to you Instead this block party with neighbours These amplified words And the absence of birds
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released February 7, 2020

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