05 Sep

The Radio Dept – Heavens On Fire

What it is to say goodbye to summer. Today I woke up in a London hotel with a very boring, quiet journey into work. But, as I went to bed last night and woke up this morning, I started thinking about how the summer is coming to an end. It’s getting darker a little bit earlier in the evenings and in the mornings and it made me think that the opportunity to talk about great summer records, with the context of summer is diminishing by the day. As I write this I am on a train heading north, and the sun that once was so bright at this time (and such annoyance to me if I sat on the wrong side), is now  just a little bit more shy.

So now is the chance for me to talk about a favourite track of mine, from one of my favourite bands – a track that fits this time of year perfectly. The band is The Radio Dept. They are Swedish and I first came across them via their first album in 2003 (I think) – the awesome Lesser Matters and I have been picking their stuff up ever since. I grew up listening to many types of music but I have always had a soft spot for what was classed (at the time) as Indie, melodic guitar type pop. It is a style that many turn their hands to, but very few do it really well, who can show their influences but bring something else to the game. That is what I like about this band – while you can hear their influences (the shoe gazing fuzz of Lesser Matters and 80’s New Order synth of Pet Grief) they always bring their own personality, inventiveness and great songs to the game. Like another great band, Phoenix, they just seem to have a bottomless pit of great melodies.

The track I have chosen’ Heavens On Fire’ is from their third album, ‘Clinging To A Scheme’ released in 2010 and quite frankly, I defy anyone not to like it. The first time I heard it, it just blew me away how beautiful it was – sad as it is; I still get emotional listening to it now. The melodies, shuffle beat and beautiful synths and guitar lines just do it for me every time. I don’t think there is a better song to put on and listen to when you are taking in the last rays of the sun. Simply awesome and if you like that kind of thing you won’t find much better than their back catalogue.


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