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Machine Dreams

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Highly anticipated 2009 sophomore album from the Swedish Popsters. Machine Dreams finds Little Dragon moving towards a more electronic sound without losing any of their soulfulness. Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed of diverse and escalating musical talent. From the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives to idiosyncratic songsmiths Jos‚ Gonz lez and Jens Lekman, through to the unpredictable pop styles from the likes of Love is All and Audrey, not to mention the infamous black metal scene, Gothenburg now boasts the dynamic, organically soulful pop sounds of Little Dragon. The band features radiant vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick K„llgren (bass) and H†kan Wirenstrand (keyboards). Peacefrog.


1. A New
2. Looking Glass
3. My Step
4. Feather
5. Thunder Love
6. Never Never
7. Runabout
8. Swimming
9. Blinking Pigs
10. Come Home
11. Fortune

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peacefrog - EMI
  • ASIN: B002G1X2Z6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom Paine on December 2, 2009
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Little Dragon is one of the best little bands around right now. Machine Dreams is more upbeat than the debut and reaches back to some of the best 80s sounds for inspiration, yet also feels futuristic and sci-fi, sounding like nothing else out there. Yukimi Nagano's soulful voice is the star here and she is ably assisted by three fine musicians. You must see this band's excellent live show to understand that as good as this album is, it is mostly an outline of the even more electrifying live versions of the tracks. I can't get enough of "Feather".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Cova on December 21, 2009
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Little Dragon offers an interesting mix of electronic music that is supported with a dance beat but is still deeply rooted in pop structures. This combination is what makes this quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden stick out, as they present what seems like a complex sophomore outing in Machine Dreams, but in reality, it is a record that comes off very smooth. It is an easy and entertaining listen that has nice transitions from track to track and consistently will have you tapping your feet. At times, the female fronted band can be as poppy and beat heavy as Luscious Jackson but maintains a more atmospheric Sigur Rós vibe around every corner. Little Dragon is a group that needs repeat listens before you get the entire picture and Machine Dreams only perfects the sound they started on their debut and is well worth taking a listen.

The emphasis on atmosphere is made clear from the very start of Machine Dreams, as album opener "A New" begins and ends with electronic drones, as if to bracket the song in ellipses like an unfinished thought. The subsequent song, "Looking Glass", is firmer, more beat-driven, but as much as its groove is steady, as a whole it seems to wander. Motion and physicality is strongly implied by the rhythm, but the leisurely pace and subtly shifting keyboard tones indicate changes in setting, evoking a sense that we're stumbling around lost in some strange, beautiful city. This sets the tone for the rest of the album, which goes off on the tangents of different rhythms into other textural zones, but maintains a feeling of searching around for something, whether it is a person, a destination, a state of mind, or the right words to express some ineffable thought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Akua Grant on December 12, 2009
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This is a must have. I love it. I've been loving Little Dragon for a while now. Their music is produced with so much emotion and integrity. This is a little more upbeat almost Nu Disco then the last release. That's fine because they do it well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Rutledge on June 25, 2010
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I have been a fan of Yukimi Nagano from some of her other projects and truly enjoyed the first Little Dragon cd. So when I picked this one up, my expectations were pretty high. At first listen, I still favored the first cd, but after listening to it again, I am just IN LOVE with this cd! There are too many really strong tracks on this one and I hope they continue to put out great music like this. This gets regular rotation on my mp3 player (randomly shuffle with the first cd) and it just doesn't get old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Techthusiast on May 10, 2012
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Just so groovy and delicious... I know that's totally unhelpful....

Sure I want to sit down, listen to, and analyze the awesomeness of every song... but that'll never get done and these guys deserve a 5-star rating while I'm dipping around figuring out the best way to praise them.

I nearly broke YouTube listening to their tracks before I was like "I've got to support these guys!"

If you're a fan of Little Dragon, collect them all.

So glad I found you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evening Star Logan on May 15, 2011
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I bought this album awhile back after hearing this woman's voice on Gorillaz Empire Ants. Excellent album. Jazzy, indie-ish, some electronic... rhythmic. Her voice is gorgeous, both on the album and live.

I hear they are coming out with a new album in June or July. I will likely put it on pre-order.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Wassermann on November 24, 2009
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Machine Dreams is the second album by Little Dragon, and as such, for the vast majority of listeners, including myself, it will be judged in the context of expectations created by their first, tremendously successful album. Perhaps this is unfair, but it is nonetheless inevitable. If you're like me, and were captivated by the sonic textures and the variety of moods Little Dragon were able to evoke in their first release, you will probably find Machine Dreams a disappointment.

This album is a one-trick pony, and unfortunately that one trick actually serves as a distraction from what is perhaps Little Dragon's most valuable sonic asset: the voice of lead singer Yukimi Nagano. The trick is to create a simple ostinato, and then layer a seemingly endless variety of mostly synthesized sounds that seem to have been yanked directly from the 1980s. The band manages to create a mind-boggling array of composite sonic textures, but those textures don't translate into a satisfying variety of moods, as they did on the first album (think of the contrast of moods just among "No Love," "Constant Surprises," and "Wink"). In other words, the songs end up "feeling" the same.

The other problem with this parade of sounds is that instead of serving to support the lyrical or emotional content of the song, they draw attention to themselves and become the focus of the listener. In a few cases, the sounds are so disjointed or the production effects are so exaggerated that they dominate my conscious to the extent that I can't appreciate the melodic beauty that's occurring simultaneously in the song. A couple examples of this are the reverse gated snare drum in "Looking Glass" and the metallic percussive sound with incredibly thick, long reverb that replaces a snare in "Thunder Love.
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