Sometimes ambiguous translations can be magically apropos. A case in point: on the “About” section of their Facebook page, Red Sleeping Beauty write simply “From Sweden with pop.” It’s a marvelous compendium of their aesthetic—like so many Scandinavian acts before them.

The group—singer Kristina Borg, singer/guitarist Niklas Angergård, guitarist Mikael Matsson (also of The Shermans), and bassist Carl-Johan Näsströmformed—formed in Stockholm in 1989. Their early work—two critically acclaimed albums and a series of singles and EP—provoked considerable buzz on the international indie-pop scene.

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Their debut EP, 1992’s Pop Sounds, was followed by four 7″s and their the first full-length, Bedroom. The band subsequently signed to the legendary Siesta Records to release their fifth single “Sick & Tired,” their second album Soundtrack, and a compilation of singles.

A band reunion 2015 to craft a single track led to their first new LP in nearly 20 years, Kristina, which was released this past June via Shelflife/Labrador. The album’s title honors band member Borg, who has struggled with breast cancer but is now in remission.

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“We Are Magic,” the band’s first single since Borg’s illness, was mixed and mastered by Tomas Bodén (who also crafted “Running Out Of Love” from the band’s label-mates, dream-pop stalwarts The Radio Dept.). The song is anthemic synth-pop, reminiscent of mid-career Depeche Mode (sans the compulsory depression) melded with the buoyancy of Canada’s Stars; chirpy beats and arpeggiated blips complement the track’s lush pads, with Borg’s bell-like voice meandering above. You may want to dance. Enjoy.