Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Record label: Anti
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Experimental
Kyp Malone contributed and collaborated on some of the finest songs in TV on the Radio's body of work when he joined the band for their debut album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. Likewise, he helped take Iran's third album, Dissolver, in a very different direction than the group's earlier work. Though he's been a distinctive presence in both of those bands, Rain Machine is his first solo project, and it's truly solo: Malone plays nearly all of the instruments, and he pursues the sounds and themes he's explored with his other projects more intensely.
It’s difficult to extract yourself from a great machine once you’ve become an integral cog in its everyday workings. A case in point: Kyp Malone, the heavily bearded, high-haired lover of the soaring falsetto, was a late addition to the ranks of TV on the Radio, who are now unthinkable without him. Rain Machine is his first solo venture, and this release is a carefully curated selection of songs that have lit up dark corners of small clubs during downtime from his relentless schedule.
Long before joining TV on the Radio in 2003, Kyp Malone was already writing and performing his own songs. So it’s a wonder that it took him this long to release a solo album. Granted, he and his day band have been very busy and productive over the last half decade, but I’ve always assumed Kyp was a pretty restless guy. The eponymous debut of his solo handle, Rain Machine, is definitely a departure from TV on the Radio’s dirty whirl of sound.