Day 184: The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme

31 Aug

Heaven’s On Fire

You’ve got to love Swedish indie pop.  Seriously, between jj and The Radio Dept., I’m set for life.  Well, my fuzzy, synthy, warm and happy music supply will never run short, at least.

Yeah, I’ll admit, if you’re looking for substance, stay away from this record.  The Radio Dept. never digs below sea level in terms of lyrics, and their sound can only be described as catchy.  This is sure starting to sound like a great record, right?

Believe it or not, Clinging to a Scheme manages to hold its own.  If you’re looking for something that’s just pleasant to listen to, this is an album for you.  Personally, I love music like this.  Simplicity can be an amazing thing sometimes.  Not every record in your collection has to be a complicated and complex post rock faux-intelligent-pseudo-masterpiece.

That’s not to say that I could survive on music exclusively of this nature, though.  I’m fairly certain that if I listened to the insanely infectious Heaven’s on Fire or The Video Dept. on repeat for a day, my brain would quite literally turn to mush.  What I’m saying here, as I so desperately try to stretch this post out to 250 words, is that there’s got to be a mix of intensity in your library.  This is a great piece for the lower end of the spectrum.

I’m sure that I’m being hypocritical in this post—there’s definitely been at least one album that I’ve trashed for being to simple while in a brooding mood or something.  Haters gon hate.


7 Responses to “Day 184: The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme”

  1. David Chops September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Nice one, squire. Like it. I will have to investigate this Swedish indie pop of which you speak. Clearly, progress has been made since A-Ha.

  2. Yuanny Dollar September 2, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    I don’t know. To me, all it needs is a half-animated video with some motorcycle bad guys. My vote still goes to ABBA.

  3. David Chops September 2, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Is this the first ever Swedish band whose name did not work as a palindrome?

    • Uncle Jiggly September 2, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      Is ABBA a palindrom since it isn’t really a word (at least in Swedish)… It is in Hebrew but in there it isn’t a palindrome except when transliterated and does that count?

      • Yuanny Dollar September 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

        Why can’t a proper noun be a palindrome?

  4. Yuanny Dollar September 2, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Don’t ever forget Roxette.

  5. Uncle Jiggly September 3, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    ABBA isn’t a proper noun it’s an acronym:


    The first names of the four members of the group.

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