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.
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