Sunday, April 18, 2010
A QUICK flick across the FM dial and you’ll be hard pressed to collect a stranger set of reference points than Radio Dept exhibit on Clinging To A Scheme.
Because the group’s sound is a mixture of twee happy jangly indie pop, sombre moody shoegaze vocals and dated ‘80s-sounding muffled computer drumbeats.
This strange melding of sound is not as exciting as you might expect - in fact for huge swathes of the album it’s seriously undewhelming.
That’s not to say the Swedish band aren’t necessarily bad - I won’t hear a bad word about the scattered standout tracks like David and Heaven’s On Fire - but they do come across as clinging to another era.