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Ritual Union

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2011 album from the Swedish Electronic quartet. Ritual Union finds the experimental, late-night charm of their debut LP colliding with the more upfront and danceable sounds of Machine Dreams. Already a blogger's delight, the first single 'Nightlight' sounds like Erykah Badu fronting the Psychedelic Furs, with a healthy smattering of digital Funk and Alt.Soul. 'Brush The Heat', their most club-friendly track yet, is a dancefloor detonator with the most infectious cowbells since Jay-Z told us about his '99 Problems'. Title track 'Ritual Union' is sleek and soulful Electronic Pop at its best.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ritual Union
  2. Little Man
  3. Brush The Heat
  4. Shuffle A Dream
  5. Please Turn
  6. Crystalfilm
  7. Precious
  8. Nightlight
  9. Summertearz
  10. When I Go Out
  11. Seconds


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peacefrog
  • ASIN: B004W2MF6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 26, 2011
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Its good to see that the wonders of Sweden's Radio Dept are starting to be recognised in the States, a move across the country from that bands home in Lund in the extreme south to Gothenburg on the West coast is now order. Here we find located the equally wonderful "Little Dragon" comprising the intriguing and forthright Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion) plus fellow band members Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass), and Rashik Aryal (keyboards). Like Radio Dept this band specialise in creating bold electronic landscapes but probably owe a greater debt to the pop sensibilities of Blondie and Prince than the shoe gaze preoccupation's of the former. This is unsurprising not least with the enchanting vocals of Nagana who can sound like Prince, Bjork and a myriad of other artists. Listen to the title track "Ritual Union" with is sparkling electronic rush and you quickly release that it could have appeared on "Graffiti bridge" and by doing so increased the quality of that album tenfold. When she rather cheekily asks in the song "If you want him, girl, could you share?/Cuz that's the deal now, if you dare" you sense that she is not going to take "no' for an answer. The pounding "Cystalfilm" is fundamentally great pop music with a dance floor ethic. It is that sort of track that heads down your musical burrow like an old stoat and refuses to leave. Moreover it's effortlessly cool and destined to be mixed by a thousand aspring producers.

Throughout the electronic backdrop is never intrusive and as with the considerable restraint shown in the new Wild Beasts album many songs build slowly but surely with careful layer upon layer of sound, controlled to perfection without a note out of place.
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You don't have to worry about Swedish synthpop band Little Dragon sounding like a knock-off of ABBA or Ace of Base. For starters, this is a no-guitar band.

True, this is dance music, and Little Dragon is fronted by the sweet-voiced Swedish/Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano, but "Ritual Union" is injected with dense, zig-zagging rhythms. Nagano, a highly confident soul singer, keeps everything tightly in orbit. She's gifted with a voice that can easily raise as much Cain as Erykah Badu is able.

A particular standout is the Oingo Boingo-like "Nightlight," all the parts chugging along nicely, Nagano fluttering like a butterfly right through the center of the melody, Atari blips and bleeps filling any gaps. The hip-hop-incensed "Brush the Heat" is another -- sleigh bells, alarm bells, dial tones and toy whistles beaten into the background by window-rattling bass and Nagano's breathy utterances. It's one of many tunes here that share a trip-hop sensibility with The Knife and "Blue Lines"-era Massive Attack. There are no duds on "Ritual Union."

Fans of Goldfrapp, Blondie, Frou Frou, Morcheeba -- Madonna, even -- should find something to clean their ears with here.
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Not my regular type of music usually it is rap. One day while looking through the Google Play store they were giving "Ritual Union" song for free. Downloaded it listened to it and loved it. The girl's voice got me hooked me so I came to Amazon and for the purchase.

Album is great, 11 songs no filler not much else I can say that hasn't been said by other reviewers. I don't listen to the stuff on the radio i.e. Lady Gaga, Britney, etc. or radio at all so I can't compare them to this band. It's just a freak accident that I stumbled upon this music and weirdly like it.
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Very unique sound. Beautiful vocals, and refreshingly relevant lyrics. A crisply audible energy that will weave it's soundtrack into your own personal narrative. Not afraid to say that my own intrigue with this group has spilled into full blown obsession.
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The track behind the voice seems to be running close to a dimensional shift with an ancient minimalist moog that sometimes proclaims it's retro past with crackling, crackling that does nothing more until it becomes a beat.
The voice over the track seems alien but familiar. Song to song I think of a different R&B celebrity, as if somewhere in another universe our tracks have been downloaded.
At first I thought I was hearing an old Casio toy piano, there is so much restraint in the use of synth. On a good stereo one sees the depth and care taken to put in absolutely as little as possible. This results at times to some amazing builds that can feel intoxicating. There are some very unorthodox things being done here, which really pleases me.
I had fun with this, kind of like taking a moment to play Chopin on a toy piano fun. After you've finished you have to wonder what else you can do with it.
Afterwards you will probably want to study up on these musicians because their music suggests that something really interesting is going on here.
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Sometimes an album takes time to grow on you. Because I already love little dragon, this one is taking time. It is every bit as good as past two, but I like the arrangements best on the original "little dragon", and the second album "machine dreams". A for sure 'buy' album.
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