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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Great album! Little Dragon is such a treat. Excellent vocals and production.Published 4 months ago by Marco
Let's face it: Yukimi Nagano could sing the phone book and it'd be marvelous. So on her third outing with Little Dragons, RITUAL UNIONS, it's no surprise that her vocals take... Read morePublished 15 months ago by scoundrel
Little Dragon is one of the greatest assembles who ever conspired. This album will prove it. Take some shrooms, turn the lights down low and let this album take over your entire... Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Kae R
really like the different sounds of each track, reminds me of the first album which also was great, pick this upPublished on June 15, 2014 by Failito
Helped me through a breakup. love little dragon. love this album in particular. Definitely worth checking out!
do it now!