Portland’s Radiation City unapologetically tap several tried indie-band descriptives — sunny, 60s, dreamy, etc. — and succeed in carving out their own compelling sound.
I could tell you the backstory to Portland, Oregon’s Radiation City, how the project was born out of a DIY cassette-only release, or how an initially boy/girl duo (now a quartet) came up with the concept for “The Hand That Takes You” LP (out this fall via Tender Loving Empire). I could describe how the group flex their varied influences; how Radiation City offer a collage that spans girl group harmonies, jazz horns, pop guitars and, even, minimal electronic gadgets.
But, in the end, all of that wouldn’t matter. Because with a listen to “The Color of Industry” you’d gather all you need to know about Radiation City: this is superbly crafted, easily pinpointed yet unmistakably captivating, pop music.
Radiation City “The Color of Industry”