The Radio Dept.

My favourite Labrador artists – The Radio Dept. – are back at it with a new EP entitled Freddie and the Trojan Horse, and an upcoming new album (titled Clinging to a Scheme) due September 10. At least, this EP was freshly released when I first started to write this post. Damned summer apathy.

These Swedish sweethearts slapped us with sincere shoegaze (holy alliteration!) with their 2003 album Lesser Matters. This delicate collection of melodic pop-rock reminiscent of The Field Mice on horse tranquilizers was praised as being not only an achievement in the genre, but a gem of the year. I had a really hard time only choosing one to post. Get this album, I mean it!

Following with Pet Grief in 2006, the boys (as they were now lacking their female vocalist) changed the direction of their music by introducing a drum machine and upping the focus on 80s-toned synth. They still retained their characteristic fuzziness but I think it lacked the charm of their debut disk. Despite this, “The Worst Taste In Music” is seductive for championing the indie-sentiment that a true love could abandon their beau based on their sub-par music preferences. Ah, the indie-kid superiority complex. So cute.

“Freddie and the Trojan Horse” introduced some heavy piano and followed up on the sad-sack mentality, but I’m still loving it. I tossed the new one on here for your perusal, as well as some old favourites and the video to the EP-only “Pulling Our Weight”. As a sidenote, I think that clouds are completely appropriate for a dreampop vid.

The Radio Dept. – Where Damage Isn’t Already Done
The Radio Dept. – The Worst Taste in Music
The Radio Dept. – Freddie and the Trojan Horse

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— , July 8, 2008    1 Comment
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Three things:

1. Question: Could the Radio Dept. be the most consistently creative and awesome group in the world?

2. Where the damage isn’t already done is a definite contender for my favourite song since 2001 when music got really good again.

3. FATTH is so cool because it’s not instantly likeable, but I’ve listened to it about fifty times and I can’t seem to stop.

— Daniel, July 9, 2008