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Clinging to a Scheme [Import]

Radio Dept. Audio CD
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The Radio Dept. was formed in 2001 by Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg. The name was stolen from an art pop band Johan had had with a couple of highschool friends during the later part of the 90s. (A little later bass player Lisa Carlberg and drummer Per Blomgren joined the band as they started rehearsing in the way bands so often do.) In 2002 swedish music magazine Sonic drew attention to ... Read more in Amazon's Radio Dept. Store

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  • Audio CD (6 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B003A1PLJQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Dept - Oh Hail Sweden! 22 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
The endless procession of world class music sent forth from Sweden continues at frenetic pace (see recent review of the Tallest Man on Earth) and in Radio Dept's new album "Clinging to a scheme" I would venture to suggest that this will be one of the best of the bunch. Indeed on this their third LP it is worth pointing out that this band which originated in Lund, Sweden in 1995, are a slightly frustrating beat combo. They appear to record at a "Blue Nile" snails pace and have recorded only three albums in that time and comprise a range of musicians who seem to come and go as they please (2003 Lesser Matters" was there debut). Thus this is the first album since their 2006 excellent sophomore release "Pet Grief" championed by NME at the time but with limited takers.

If you are searching for reference points this music revolves around essentially dreamy pop melodies combined with minimalist electronic sounds, that are so beloved of bands like Phoenix, Electronic and Couteau Twins. The twist that Radio Dept perform is also to assimilate some clear elements of "Sometimes" based shoe-gazing which is thrown into the pot pourri of their sonic vision, giving them the entitlement to make a bigger claim than just the simple label of "electronic band". Unlike Phoenix's recent masterwork "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" this album is not as immediately accessible but on repeated listens it transports you back to the Starship Musical Enterprise with alarmingly ease. Like Beach House's recent "Teen Dream" this is music that languidly intertwines with melancholy synth and drum machines leading to a beautiful and sometimes laidback chilled outcomes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Radio Dept - Clinging To A Scheme 20 Mar 2012
By Avaftw
Format:Audio CD
Unlike their usual stuff, this newer album from Radio Dept is a bit more self-contained, more melancholy and a bit more gimmicky too, unexpectedly. It's a low-key dream pop ensemble that takes different sounds from Lesser Matters (2003), Pulling our Weight (2003), 80s electronics or twee pop. The feel of The Smiths is more predominant here as there is a sense of lackluster longing in songs like You Stopped Making Sense, Memory Loss and Never Follow Suit.
But there is a bit of self-irony too with Heaven's on Fire giving a whimsical speech in the beginning of the song about youth culture's fight against big business, followed throughout by a sweet little number on genuineness and unbreakable spirit. Naturally, the detached tone is still there and Radio Dept is aware of what they're doing. But it's an enjoyable album simply because it doesn't take itself seriously, no matter how many times it takes the plunge into the bleak territory of repressed feelings and unrequited desires.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TWEE POP!, SHOEGAZE!, SWEDEN!, GOOD!!!!!!!!!! 6 Jun 2010
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Lund is a city situated in southern Sweden (so southern, that in fact you can see Copenhagen, the capital of neighbours Denmark from the city's highest points). It was founded in 990AD and it is known for it's beautiful cathedral, it's well respected university and for being the birthplace of Swenden's finest musical export, The Radio Dept.

These Swede's (Johan Duncanson, Martin Larsson & Daniel Tjäder) first came to my attention with 2004's 'Lesser Matters'. It was a harsh listen which clearly held a debt to many shoegazing greats such as My Bloody Valentine or Ride. The album was a revelation which inspired a wide range of feelings (indeed, I remember one occassion where I picked my mother up from a doctor's appointment, to which I had 'Lesser Matters' blasting from the car's stereo system. Her response was one of shock & distress as she beleived my car radio was about to detonate from the layers of feedback being forced through it's tiny speakers). To me however, the album was a beautiful masterpeice that rewarded repeated listens and gave me a sonic window in which to gaze longingly at my teenage years all over again.

The Radio Dept. then proceded to fall away from my radar and subsequent releases such as 2006's 'Pet Greif' passed me by. But throughout, 'Lesser Matters' continued to garner space upon my musical pallette and it was with great excitement that I discovered the glowing reviews that this years 'Clinging To A Scheme' was gathering and decided to dip my toe back into the dark Swedish waters.

Upon first listen I must admit to a mild feeling of dissapointment. Each song seemed to pass me by with little or no effect and I even contemplated stopping the album and writing it off as a loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So they are still going ...... 7 May 2010
By Billy R
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that the lack of news about Radio Dept had me assuming they had disappeared totally or had simply moved into other bands etc so the arrival of this CD was a pleasant surprise.
After a couple of listens it is even more pleasant and it continues the (seemingly) top class Swedish talent on the scene although logically, the poorer bands will never come to light in the UK!
The guy in my local record shop described it as 'shoegaze' but I think it is worthy of a bit more than this with some tracks having a 90's feeling about them in the best possible way.
Admittedly, not all of the tracks are to the same high level but there are enough to warrant a four star opinion from me and highly recommended if you were mulling over a possible purchase.
April has turned out to be a good month for unusually 'listenable' releases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of a Radio Dept. 19 Dec 2010
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like the alums before it (Pet Grief and Lesser Matters) The Radio Dept. Sound is solidly set in Dream Pop aesthetic and that is just fine. They make great dream pop, songs that are airy and light that boom with the occasional bass drum beat. but otherwise very calm and soothing. And to match sound with style, The Radio Dept., continues to contrast that sound with lyrics that harbor regret and ennui. But whether your a beat person or a lyric person, The Radio Dept have crafted an album worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! Great Album! 23 April 2010
By Rafael Cova - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As artists can take as long as they want to produce an excellent ALBUM.


One of the things that I really love of "THE RADIO DEPT." is that each song is able to immerse yourself in a particular atmosphere, I think that is the subject of music in general (in my personal opinion), that makes us feel happy or sad, for it depends on you transmit the content, that makes you think and also make us vibrate inside.

I fell in love with "RADIO DEPT." since I first heard that, I have enormous respect for his work, to handle creative freedom in their work, and most importantly they are committed to a particular discourse.

As with their previous two releases, each song is separated and distinguishable by subtle hooks and catchy riffs while maintaining the mystery that defines a Radio Dept song. Clinging To A Scheme seems to be looking ahead which I can only guess is due to the band getting older and growing up. Songs like Domestic Scene, Memory Loss, and Heaven's On Fire show me that the band is no longer concerned with 1995 and what happened 8 years ago (Its Been Eight Years). Where Lesser Matters (2003) was filled with a lot of discovery and coming of age, CLINGING TO A SCHEME seems to be past all that. Providing commentaries on big business and getting political are things we do when we get older and look around our environment. We all have regrets about lost loves and the hastey youthfull decisions we made.

At some point we need to accept who and what we have become and just say screw it. I think that this is the place that The Radio Dept is coming from in 2010.

Highly recommended, leave behind prejudices, listen to music without any kind of preconceived judgments.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme 21 April 2010
By Andrew Vice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So if the world is coming to an end in 2012 as the Maya predicted, or whatever, a whole boatload of brilliant artists picked an excellent year to drop excellent albums for us to enjoy on our way to doomsday: Hot Chip, Los Campesinos!, Eluvium, the National, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Caribou, Delorean, the Depreciation Guild, and so on and so forth. Add the Radio Dept. to that list at this point. Clinging to a Scheme is a lush, beautiful little dream pop gem, blending the heavier shoegaze style of their earlier works with a vibrant new sound. The instrumentation recalls classic albums from artists like Cocteau Twins and Lush, and this record is a MUST HAVE for any dream pop fan. Pacing is excellent, and the band save some of the best songs for the middle an end, but with no drought of excellent songwriting from the get-go. The spoken-word excerpt courtesy of Thurstoon Moore at the end of the first track is great for illuminating the goal of this album: "we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture." And the Radio Dept. are nothing if not the exact opposite of the kind of cookie-cutter garbage you'll find on modern pop and rock radio. Another great album for 2010. The year only gets better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "What are the youth to do?" 5 May 2010
By Kyle Freeland - Published on Amazon.com
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Radio Dept. hit a home run with this album. It Airy and clings to certain pattern of sounds that makes the album something that alot of people look for. The opening song leading into heavens on fire immediataly caught my attention. With the opening of heavens on fire stating a little thing about "The youth being capitlized by music industries", it gives you an idea for what these guys are shooting for with there sound. But lets not forget that this is also a "Fun" album to listen too. "Never follow Suit" is just a solid groove of a song. Every song on this album has something to offer. With alot of big name bands coming out with albums in 2010 I believe these guys will be on the top of some of us music lovers list.

First Impression songs: Opening tracks "Domestic Scene into "Heavens on Fire"

Slow growers: "A token of graditude"
4.0 out of 5 stars Take A Big Toke and Play 10 Aug 2011
By Terry Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Wow! After you catch a glimple of the cover art where a gut is taking a huge hit off a pipe with smoke rolling outta his ears, it stirs interest what The Radio Department is up to! What is delivered is a great album, interspersed with shifts in songs, lyrics, and melodies that are a smoothly blended and well concieved. So go ahead and take a huge toke of Radio Dept. it all sounds good to me.
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