The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer After embarking on solo projects and a three-year break, The Internet has come back together to produce an album of low-key songs of summer.


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The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer

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The Internet - it's not just a global communications and data system. It's also the name of a band from Los Angeles. Formed seven years ago, The Internet quickly became one of R&B's most-acclaimed new groups. The band's latest release is called "Hive Mind." And reviewer Oliver Wang has this review.

OLIVER WANG, BYLINE: When The Internet first debuted in 2011, the common joke was that the musicians had picked an unfortunate name for fans who wanted to find anything about them on, you know, the Internet. But those cheap snickers quickly faded as the group's sly and slick funk sensibility took hold even for search engines. Seriously, Google them.


THE INTERNET: (Singing) What happened to make you, to make you start to hate me?

WANG: After the group's critically lauded record "Ego Death" dropped in 2015, all five members, including producer Matt Martians, drummer Christopher Smith and bassist Patrick Paige, went off to pursue individual projects. But with "Hive Mind," true to title, The Internet sounds as cohesive and smart as ever. They picked a perfect time to put out this kind of album - the peak of summer.


THE INTERNET: (Singing) Early in the morning, she's running through my mind again. Girl, you got me wondering if we should be more than friends.

WANG: There's an annual race among pop musicians to claim the title of song of the summer. Nominees tend to be lively party anthems meant for afternoon beach bashes or midnight dance floors. But the grooves on "Hive Mind" help score summertime's less boisterous but no less sublime moments. Think lazy afternoons in air-conditioned rooms, magic-hour dinner dates and, of course, those late, late-night minutes when the best bad decisions are made.


THE INTERNET: (Singing) Anger, all the misbehavior got you feeling anxious all the time. Maybe you should stay the night. Maybe you should stay the night. Maybe you should stay the night. Why don't you stay the night?

WANG: Perhaps more than The Internet's previous efforts, "Hive Mind" hums with a sensual energy that owes much to both Steve Lacy's hypnotic guitar work and the cool, seductive charm of vocalist Syd. That she's mostly singing about sex and relationships is already telegraphed in the music, but it never hurts to have her croons about love and lust accentuating the mood.


THE INTERNET: (Singing) Baby, next time I'll bring you flowers - roses, exotic daisies. Next time I take you out, girl, don't you keep me waiting.

WANG: Alas, as is the nature of summertime, the end always creeps up sooner than you'd like. But with "Hive Mind," The Internet gifts us a slice of summer's good vibes to carry well into the weeks when the days grow short.


THE INTERNET: (Singing) There's something wrong because you seem mighty low.

SHAPIRO: Our reviewer Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at Cal State, Long Beach. And he also co-hosts the album appreciation podcast "Heat Rocks."


THE INTERNET: (Singing) Probably been there before.

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