Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme

January 01, 1970



crafty Swedes have been quietly releasing records for nearly the past decade
and each one has been better than the one prior to it. This is full-length
number three (they have several eps as well) and it is their best yet. They
seem to have left behind the fuzzy pop of their debut, Lesser Matters,
and followed the trail set on their 2nd record, Pet Grief. That
is to say, more synths and fewer guitars and it seems to suit them well.


to a Scheme
opens with the dreamy “Domestic Scene,” all arpeggioed guitars
(ala Field Mice) and gentle vocals while “Heaven’s on Fire,” one of the
record’s singles, is all slap happy synths and danceable rhythms and a perfect
choice for a single. The other single, “David,” has a completely different feel
altogether with Postal Service-ish beats , chirpy synths and muffled, wistful
vocals. The record’s finest moment is the undeniably catchy “This Time Around”
with some of singer Johan Duncanson’s best vocals while the repetitive drum
machine and swirling melody give it the feel of an instant classic. A lot of
these songs feel that way and the magic is that the band makes it all seem so


: “Domestic Scene”, “This Time Around”, “Heavens on Fire”, “You
Stopped Making Sense” TIM HINELY




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