The new Radio Dept. album has been on the brew for six years now, and is now ready to be served up. Running Out Of Love expresses frustration with the direction of development in the band’s native Sweden, with a pumping electro-pop musical backing. Melancholy vibes, fiercely expressed. Released by the Labrador label.
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Yeah this is pretty good if you like Sarah -esque fuzzy indie pop. Though there's not much here to compare to their early whip smart singles, this is a nice collection of sad-toned indie - pop.
Like a lot of their peers they've introduced dance elements into their sounds and that's fine. 'Swedish Guns' sounds like Saint Etienne playing on a transistor radio with one of the lads singing instead of Sarah Cracknell. Oddly titled opening track 'Sloboda Narodu' sounds like the Wake or the Field Mice and that of course that is a really good thing. A lot of the tracks seem to be an exercise in Pet Shop Boys/New Order style pop being rescued by eerily melancholic vocals which instantly neutralise some of the cheesiness of the chosen beats. The wordy literate vocal style of Johan Duncanson isn't a world away from Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard therefore coupled with the electronics a lot of this could compare to the Postal Service especially on the lovely 'This Thing Was Bound to Happen'.
The album has a murky melancholy throughout borne presumably out of a love for sad '80s synth ballads that always stay on the right side of mawkish - just like similar music made by the likes of Trembling Blue Stars, Blueboy and Brighter.
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