When I look at you, hell is on fire

They didn't set heaven on fire, but the neighbour's barn burned nicely
Only a European could write a song this sweet. (Americans are too brash, Canadians too mild.) “Heaven’s on Fire,” the latest single by Swedish guitar pop outfit the Radio Dept., evokes the starry-eyed romance of Daft Punk‘s “Digital Love” but with a more human touch (less digital, more love).

Even the opening sound bite—Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore arguing, “I think we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture”—seems practically sunny when set against the twee chord progression (Belle & Sebastian‘s “For the Price of a Cup of Tea,” anyone?). The paves the way for three minutes of bubbly electro beats and echoed vocals—a gorgeous tribute to a girl who’s hot enough to set heaven (and hell) on fire.

MP3: “Heaven’s on Fire”
 
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