Posted April 16, 2006 by Mike Mineo in


The Radio Dept. have been around for ten years, floating on and off the radar as the band’s progress has been up and down in terms of prodution. The band was formed by Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson in 1995. Martin Larsson and Johan Duncanson started playing together in 1998 and decided to use the name The Radio Dept. They hail from Sweden, like many good artists recently. They use elements of shoegaze and pop music to construct absolutely beautiful melodies. While the songs aren’t typically catchy, the shoegaze aspect creates a boundary in which the music remains beautiful and romantic. Their new album, Pet Grief, releases later this year.

‘I Wanted You To Feel The Same’ was the immediate stand out track for me, personally. The song is just absolutely beautiful. ‘The Worst Taste In Music’ is the band’s first single from the album. It’s difficult to have a mainstream single with continuous radio play, and this will continue not to accomplish that, but it will please their cult following. ‘Pet Grief’ starts out like a Pet Shop Boys song, but slowly falls back into the Radio Dept.’s customary category with fantastic string synths and murmered vocals that make shoegaze music so unique and occasionally beautiful.


The Radio Dept. – I Wanted You To Feel The Same



The Radio Dept. – The Worst Taste In Music (extended version)



The Radio Dept. – Pet Grief



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By the way, happy Easter.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].