Song of the Day: The Radio Dept. – The New Improved Hypocrisy

photo by Max Weiland

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is The New Hypocrisy, a new single by The Radio Dept. on Labrador Records.

The Radio Dept. – The New Improved Hypocrisy (MP3)

The process of how a band is conceived seems to transcend the globe. Much like a classic American indie band story, The Radio Dept. out of Lund, Sweden, formed when two schoolmates found common ground in the creation of music in 1995 Originally made up of Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson, the band as it is has had a liquid lineup with founding member Duncanson holding down the fort. Labrador Records signed The Radio Dept. after their appearance in a Sonic Magazine sampler, and they finally got widespread cred. After Lesser Matters, their official debut album in spring 2003 hit Swedish sales charts, they became one of Labrador’s standout artists.

With “The New Improved Hypocrisy,” they keep up with the wonderfully ambient, soundscape mood they’ve been known for (as on their other recently featured Song of the Day). The song, though, is a bit more politically charged as it takes aim at the right-wing political movement that has gained a strong foothold in Sweden and that, according to the song, has yet to deliver on its promises to people and has pulled away from the rest of the European community. The more left-leaning Radio Dept. offered this song for free on the Labrador website right before the general elections in Sweden last month. In light of our own recent Midterm Elections, KEXP listeners may also find something to relate to with the song’s lyrics:

Reallocating property
We engender transformation
We’re not concerned with poverty
Just the rebirth of a nation
No time for hesitation
Not even on occasion

This will be our legacy:
A vengeful population
It’s part of our conspiracy
And our motivation
And who needs integration
When we’ve got isolation?
It’s the rebirth of a nation
The rebirth of a nation

We don’t mind democracy
We have our ways around it
This new improved hypocrisy
Will help us to impound it
An old school education
Will show this generation

“The New Improved Hypocrisy” is, we hope, a taste of an album to come. There is a double-disc collection of singles, Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002- 2010 slated to release in the next year. Check out their MySpace page for details on the upcoming North American tour in 2011. For now, here’s a live version of today’s featured song, which has been part of their live setlist for the last two years:

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