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Swedish indie-pop duo The Radio Dept. last massaged our ears with 2016’s Running Out of Love, a political statement against encroaching apathy that embraced their musical strengths—satin keyboard textures and Johan Duncanson’s pacifying voice. On Friday the duo—Duncanson and Martin Larsson—returned with a new song, “Your True Name,” the first single on their own label, Just So!
The song flutters along with a hazy chug and insistent snare a la Yo La Tengo, with some electro accents peeking through here and there. It’s the perfect tune for a winter thaw, warm and enveloping in tone if not entirely in content. ”’Your True Name’ is a song about faith in a way, not divine but utopian, believing in something that will probably never be,” the band said in a statement. “And it’s about falling short, sometimes with your goal just barely out of reach.”
The Radio Dept. are set to kick off a brief American tour that will lead them from Los Angeles on Jan. 29 to Philadelphia on Feb. 4. An exclusive vinyl reissue of their 2003 debut album Lesser Matters will be available for purchase on the tour via Just So!