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It’s been four years since the last Radio Dept album (a statistic that no one–especially you, me and the band–are pleased with), but thankfully the band has made sure the wait is worth it. The result is Clinging to a Scheme, an album that has been greeted with a flurry of hipster’s jumping up and down like they just got an American Girl doll (I think even Pitchfork squealed with joy) and catapulted the band onto the official Top 5 of Most Blogged About Artists list.

Of course this new album is more important than the hype surrounding it. The album builds on the signature Labrador Records stamp of high quality swirls of vocals and C86 orchestration over the lush backdrop of keyboards, beats and sassy tambourine. Songs like “This Time Around” and “Never Follow Suite” will bring back memories of Saint Etienne, Pet Shop Boys and your dream of what would have happened if the Stone Roses and My Bloody Valentine would have joined forces.

One of the more beguiling things about the album is that one of this year’s most important indie pop releases will be available on vinyl in a strictly limited edition batch of 500 copies… and we’ve got one of those 500 records to give away! There’s also a *slight* chance that we’ll be able to get it autographed for you (no promises, but all hands in the air if it happens!).

To enter to win this prized piece of wax, send an e-mail to [email protected] before the deadline of Tuesday April 20 with “RadioDeptRecordHigh” in the subject line.

Meanwhile, download the album’s first single, “Heaven’s on Fire” and listen to one of my favorite tracks “This Time Around” {in youtube clip above}.