Has it really been two years since The Radio Dept. released Pet Grief? The calendar says "yes." The only reason I noticed this was a missive from Labrador records letting me know that their new album, Clinging to a Scheme, will be out September 10. That’s actually a year quicker than it took for these Swedes to follow-up their acclaimed 2003 debut. At this rate, we’ll get Album #4 next summer.
According to the band, influences for the third album included "minimalistic post-punk, krautrock, repetitive ‘motorik’ beat and ambient noise." I don’t hear any motorik beat on Clinging to a Scheme’s first single, "Freddie and the Trojan Horse," though I do detect some ’80s gated drums and less reverb than we’re used to from these guys (which still means more reverb than most). It’s definitely peppier than almost anything on Pet Grief, which was a disappointment around these parts. Catchier too.