Photo: Per Vikström
Hard to believe that it’s been six years since The Radio Dept. charmed the critics and the fans with their third LP, Clinging To A Scheme. Those of us who are aware of the Swedish dream pop band’s temperament, know that it’s futile to predict, and hope for their next move; we only hope for Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg to reward our patience. Today, the press-shy duo offer up, “Swedish Guns” – the second single from their forthcoming LP, Running Out of Love, which will be released on October 21st via Labrador Records.
Over the years, The Radio Dept. has become increasingly vocal about politics and its rippling effects in their songs. On their latest track, the disenchantment and indignation with the state of Sweden and the world continues, as we heard on “Occupied” from a year ago. Yet their discontentedness is paired with delicate vocals and appealing, almost hypnotic beat that betrays the somber overtones. Sometimes the delivery is more powerful when it’s paradoxical and subliminal.