My Favorite has returned with a gorgeous single, “Christine Zero” (Death Party), just in time for summer and for a string of new shows for the Lake Ronkonkoma natives.

The second release in the band’s “Second Empire” — the name they have given the lineup from their 2014 reunion — once again transports us all back to the early ’80s, with Michael Grace Jr.’s deceptively simple delivery masking levels of lyrical meaning, while the band’s synth-pop bliss distracts us. The second song, “Killed for Kicks,” is even more slyly soothing, with a Spandau Ballet-styled sax solo to boot.

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My Favorite’s future remains purposefully murky, but when the band announced the new single, Grace offered both questions and answers.

“Why are we bothering?” he wrote on Facebook. “Why remake/remodel the teenage art project of my youth that accidentally became the best pop group of the turn of the century? Because I am not dead yet. Because My Favorite was never just a band to me. It was my Farrar, Straus and Giroux. And I haven’t exhausted either my ‘Nine Lives,’ or my ‘Nine Stories.’ ”

My Favorite plays Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, part of the Northside Festival. Admission is $8.