With a passive, watch the world go by mentality, The Radio Dept. tackles such a beautiful melody, wrapped in such an emotional ambivalence and ambiguity. The dream pop never really commits to a specific emotion, combining somewhat positive lyrics and at times upbeat melodies with a feeling that something just isn’t right, that something is missing. It’s a strange melancholy that plays out beautifully building from glossy, serene female vocals into a layered instrumentation of acoustic guitars, male backing vocals and a drum beat resembling a horse making its way down a trail.
“Strange Things Will Happen” is far from new, a product of the Swedish band’s excellent first album Lesser Matters.