Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “David” by The Radio Dept.
The Radio Dept. was busy last year> We featured the band, whose namesake happens to be a gas station/radio repair shop in Lund, where the group met and went to school, recently for a Song of the Day podcast for “The New Improved Hypocrisy,” a single they released during a time of political unease in Sweden, and again not long before that, for a single from their 2010 album, Clinging to a Scheme. We also had the pleasure of hosting the group live on KEXP from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC. Now, we’ve got them back with a standout track off the Swedes’ 2010 collection, Passive Aggressive Singles: 2002-2010 , their fourth release with Labrador and a healthy mix of great tracks collected over eight years.
Johan Duncanson, the remaining original member of the band, and company have been working hard since 1995, recording in various locations from basements to warehouses, wherever they could hang their 4-track for a quick session. The current roster of bandmates include Duncanson along with Martin Larsson, who has been playing with Duncanson since nearly the beginning, and Daniel Tjäder on keys. The single “David” travels along with an erie beat much akin to “Nightmare on My Street” by the 80’s hip hop superstars DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. The beat carries on throughout the song with a steady tambourine, and synth chords that move in and out like waves and all around the soundscape juxtaposing the catchy pop backbone. All this, creating an ambiance of sound focused less on the hooks and more on the dreamy atmosphere.
If you haven’t seen The Radio Dept. yet, you’re in luck. The band will be touring the U.S. starting in February and will perform at the Crocodile Café in Seattle on February 12. You can find other dates on their MySpace page or the band’s own website, where you can find more music and links to download songs from their acoustic set live on KEXP.