Radio Dept : Lesser Matters
Swedish indie archivists' jaw-dropping debut...
Not so with The Radio Dept. True, the Swedish quartet's debut album raids everyone from The Jesus And Mary Chain (witness sublime former NME Single Of The Week 'Why Won't You Talk About It?') to the Cocteau Twins (witness the spooky'Strange Things Will Happen') and My Bloody Valentine (witness pretty much the whole album) but it's done with such loving respect it can't help but delight.
When it comes to immediacy, they're hardly Busted, but perseverance reaps great rewards. A little awkward at first it may be, but repeated listens unfurl things of true beauty such as lazily euphoric mini-anthem'1995', or the quietest garage rock song you'll ever hear,'Where Damage Isn't Already Done'. This album is a miniature classic - here's hoping indie snobbery doesn't condemn it to the mists of time.
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