The Radio Dept’s widely anticipated album “Clinging To A Scheme” out on Labrador/Caroline April 20

The Radio Dept’s widely anticipated album “Clinging To A Scheme” out on Labrador/Caroline April 20

Second single Free Mp3 Download “Never Follow Suit” to be released May 19th

Free Download of “Never Follow Suit


While “Heaven’s on Fire,” Radio Dept’s first single, was the No. 1 most popular blogged about tune on the Hype Machine for several days, Radio Dept are gearing up for the release of their new single, “Never Follow Suit,” which will also be accompanied by a video, all in anticipation of Radio Dept’s widely anticipated album release Clinging To A Scheme”.

“More deliberate and relaxed than its predecessor, the mighty “Heaven’s on Fire”, “Never Follow Suit” combines a mutant electro beat and keyboard stabs with a delicate, classically Swedish pop vocal…an eclectic mix of styles.” Pitchfork

As for “Heaven’s on Fire,” the first single, here’s what they’re saying:

“The Radio Dept is one of the great unsung Swedish rock bands from the last several years. Their albums Lesser Matters and Pet Grief are both insanely great pieces of soft pop, so if you like Air France, JJ et al, you’ll like this. “Heaven’s on Fire” starts with a rebellious manifesto taken from Thurston Moore, is like the “Young Folks” for these less exuberant days and has a piano melody that sounds like a ’90s rap sample and is driving us crazy. Please help us keep our sanity in the comments section and buy this album when it comes out.” The Fader

“Sunny, exuberant pop, with bouncing keys and joyfully strummed guitars.” Pitchfork
“Best pop song of the year so far? Quite possibly. It’s a free song from the endlessly ace Radio Dept. GET GET GET” NME Radio

“Joyous, heavy and delivered with beautiful ease.” Artrocker

As for the album, the long wait is finally over! The Radio Dept’s Clinging to a Scheme is without a doubt this year’s most eagerly anticipated Swedish indie pop album. It’s been four long years, but a simple press on Play and you’ll know it’s been worth every song. Clinging to a Scheme combines the best components from their previous albums, ‘Lesser Matters’ and ‘Pet Grief’, with soul guitars, P-funk, cut/paste beats and ’70s futuristic orchestra. Breathtaking!

And this sums up the album best:

“The album builds on the signature Labrador Records stamp of high quality swirls of vocals and C86 orchestration over the lush backdrop of keyboards, beats and sassy tambourine. Songs like “This Time Around” and “Never Follow Suite” will bring back memories of Saint Etienne, Pet Shop Boys and your dream of what would have happened if the Stone Roses and My Bloody Valentine would have joined forces. ” Three Imaginary Girls

A little bit of background…

The Radio Department arrived in 2003 with their album Lesser Matters, which is commonly referred to as the most important Swedish indie pop album of the 21st century. It was embraced by press and fans all over the world. They had no less than two “Singles of the Week” in NME and it ended up, not surprisingly, Top 10 on the NME’s “Album of the Year”-List.

In 2006 Sophia Coppola chose to feature three of their songs in the film Marie Antoinette, which further helped them achieve worldwide recognition. The same year the chart-topping and critically acclaimed album Pet Grief was released. In the end of 2009, Lesser Matters came to be one out of two Swedish albums to appear on NME’s “Greatest Albums of the Decade”-List.

“This album is a miniature classic – here’s hoping indie snobbery doesn’t condemn it to the mists of time (The Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade)” NME

The Radio Department’s releases have been referred to as The perfect mix between Saint Etienne and early Jesus and Mary Chain and the best songs Pet Shop Boys never wrote and the album you’d hoped My Bloody Valentine did after Loveless. And perhaps all the comparisons make sense. In a way. But the truth is that Sweden’s No. 1 alternative pop geniuses only sound like one band – themselves.

‘This album is so nice, we reviewed it twice. Clinging to a Scheme is a wonderful all-rounder of damn good quality song writing.” CMU

“The Radio Dept, a band who just don’t make bad records.” Lazy Brighton

“Clinging to a Scheme” shows the range of a pop band that found its expression already on their debut album and now devotes their future to be a bit less finished, and a little more perfect, for each album. ” Sonic, Sweden’s most important music magazine

“Clinging to a Scheme is somewhat of a masterpiece.” Plaza

This year’s most important indie pop release will also be available on vinyl in strictly limited edition of 1000 copies.

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