Sweden’s The Radio Dept. have been around for nearly ten years now, with a slew of singles, several EPs and three proper albums. The most recent, Clinging To A Scheme, came in at #7 on our Top 30 Albums of 2010.
Unless you were really into Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, their hazy dream pop has been fairly anonymous outside of Scandinavia — but they are out to remedy that.
Next week, Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 will be released in hopes of building on the momentum of Clinging To A Scheme.
The first disc is a singles collection, beginning with cuts from 2003’s Lesser Matters and ending with this past fall’s statement on Swedish politics, “The New Improved Hypocrisy.” Disc two is a collection of rarities, many either out-of-print or never before available on CD.
It’s a terrific introduction to a band that is starved for recognition. You can hear the evolution from shoegaze to dream pop, and warm to Johan Duncanson’s near-whispered vocals.
Here’s early single “Where Damage Isn’t Already Done”:
“The Worst Taste In Music” from Pet Grief sees the addition of synthesizers:
From the Marie Antionette Soundtrack, here’s “Pulling Our Weight”:
And finally, from Clinging To A Scheme, the reggae influenced “Never Follow Suit”:
Say hello to your new favorite band.