The Radio Dept.
The most interesting of all the shoegaze and dream pop-influenced bands to emerge during the early 2000s are called Radio Dept. The group was formed in 1995, but it wasn’t until 2003 and the release of their seminal debut album Lesser Matters, that the band established themselves in the indie sphere. The band, now a duo, have since continued to release fragile shoegaze-influenced pop, always on their own terms. After a couple of years of silence the band returned last year with the album Running Out of Love – a politically charged release featuring heavy synths, raw drum tracks and as always high quality songwriting. The Radio Dept. is a modern institution, and one of the finest pop bands Sweden has given the world.
The Radio Dept. have released four albums and a bunch of EPs. Even though the band had an international fan base before, it grew rapidly after filmmaker Sofia Coppola’s choice of including three of their songs in her film Marie Antoinette. Lesser Matters was crowned one of the best 100 albums of the decade by NME, and Running Out of Love has also received stunning reviews by international media.