For some reason I never got around to hearing The Radio Dept.’s Clinging To A Scheme last year; that’s a shame because it is a really great record and it would certainly have made my year end list. Clinging is the third full-length from the band (who have also released numerous singles and EPs) and while it doesn’t deviate too far from the sound of their earlier work, it seems to be a more focused record. Lyrically it’s sharp and clear:
When I look at you, I reach for a piano wire
He turned too many heads for one lifetime
But what I really love about this band is the way they consistently create breezy, dreamy soundscapes that are both soothing and riveting. Contradictory, I know, but when I listen to Clinging To A Scheme I want to immerse myself but not completely lose myself. Some attention is required…even in a relaxed state of mind. Enough babbling…it’s just a really great record.
The band are pretty generous, too, with one of the more extensive free download pages I’ve seen from any band around. In that spirit, here are three singles from Clinging To A Scheme if you have yet to check it out.