According to a Pitchfork article posted earlier today, New York indie kings TV On The Radio are returning after a nearly year and a half long hiatus to release their new album, Nine Types of Light, sometime this spring. While very few details were given about the album itself, the announcement marked an end of a long period of silence from the band.

Back in September 2009, after more than a year straight of touring behind their excellent third album Dear Science, the group decided to take some time off to focus on other projects and spend more time at home with their families. It’s safe to say that while the band didn’t tour or record during that time, several of the group’s members kept very busy. Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe contributed¬† his voice to the Massive Attack song “Pray For Rain.” Meanwhile, multi-instrumentalist David Sitek recorded his first solo album under the name Maximum Balloon and is slated to play bass on the next Jane’s Addition album.

TV On The Radio have been the recipients of near universal acclaim since their Young Liars EP was released in 2003, and the news of their return makes me excited. I’ve been following them since Young Liars, and I am hoping the band will stop by Austin so that I can finally fulfill my dream of experiencing them live.

First Death From Above 1979 get back together, and now TV On The Radio have come out of hiding. If early 2011 is providing us the chance to celebrate great bands reuniting and plenty of new music, there’s hope this year for that Avalanches album after all!