Mp3: The Radio Dept-”Passive Aggressive” Singles 2002-2010 & Tour dates

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“David”

As if I needed another motive to move to Sweden, The Radio Dept. pop up out of nowhere (and by nowhere I mean they’ve been around since 1995 yet somehow have slid under my radar this entire time?!) and increase my love for the Nordics tenfold. The Stockholm based trio encompass elements of shoegaze, pop, and electronic that result in beautifully rich melodies.  They released their third album, Clinging to a Scheme in April and ever since then the nearly flawless pop album has garnered proper praise from nearly every critic (this one included) who listen to the versatile record.

Clinging to a Scheme’s melodious first track “Domestic Scene”, begins with a mid tempo beat as Johan Duncanson’s sweet tenor blends right alongside the crisp guitar stylings of Martin Carlberg. “Domestic Scene” is shorter than the majority of the other songs, but serves as a nice introduction to the mixed variety of sounds heard on the album. The record’s tracks move from electro-pop’s “Heaven’s on Fire” to a more shoegaze, downtempo beat heard on tracks, like number seven’s, “Memory Loss”. Each song is made unique though by The Radio Dept. thanks to Duncanson’s distinctive voice and their penchant for crisp guitar picking and choice keyboard melodies.

One of the most interesting songs, which also displays the group’s verstality is the drum heavy “David”. The tune starts off with an awesome beat provided via drum machine that mixes both steady, heavy rhythms with a fast, light progression that brings to mind the classic sounds of early hip-hop. “David” also throws in a tinkling keyboard melody and what sounds to be a quick harp sample. Duncanson utlizes a more talk style on the song that works well since the song’s main focus is the amazing beat being produced. The Radio Dept. ends Clinging to a Scheme with the soft “You Stopped Making Sense”, a tune that grabs the listener’s ear due to the beautifully remorseful refarin of “I want to come closer”. The instrumetnals supplied from the keyboard, guitar, and drum machine are slowly brought in, creating a lush sound by the song’s middle. This richessness then cresecdoes and allows each instrument time to fade out, until all that is left is the song’s lovely keyboard refrain. “You Stopped Making Sense” serves as a perfect endnote to the well-thought out and produced album.

The Radio Dept. are currently on tour (dates provided below) promoting the November 9th release of their double-disc collection, Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010. Given how solid their whole albums are, its a safe bet to say that these Swedes know a thing or two about producing a great pop single.

By: Stephanie Glass

Tour Dates

11-30 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory

12-01 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

12-04 Stockholm, Sweden – Strand

12-05 London, England – Scala

12-15-16 Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet

02-01 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

02-02 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

02-03 New York, NY – Webster Hall

02-04 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs

02-05 Montreal, Quebec – Petit Campus

02-07 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace

02-08 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

02-09 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

02-12 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café

02-13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

02-15 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

02-16 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

02-19 Mexico City, Mexico – Teatro de la Ciudad

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