Magazine article The Fader

Little Dragon: Joy to the World

Magazine article The Fader

Little Dragon: Joy to the World

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Describing a recent show that had the kids in Northfield, Minnesota literally hanging from the rafters, singer Yuki-mi Nagano of Swedish band Little Dragon talks a lot about the idea of music as a blissful unifier. "I think we feel sometimes when have these really special moments that are almost euphoric, that going to a show can seem like a kind of ritual," she says. Their newest record. Ritual Union, sounds like the membership card to that cult of good times, a portable celebration that allows fans to access the ecstasy from the comfort of their homes. "Hopefully," she says, "people will play the record and by the time it's over, they will wonder if this is reality or a dream and just say, 'Who cares, let's listen to it again."

When asked to explain their sound to someone who has never heard them, however, the band, comprised of high school friends Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin and Hakan Wirenstrand, takes pause to consider. The often used label synth pop doesn't do the Gothen-burg-based group's third full-length effort the justice it so readily deserves. Of particular note are Nagano's unexpectedly soulful vocals, which burst with a sultriness that quickly dismisses any image of dorks in lab coats behind a bay of hulking Moogs. On track after track, gleefully shuffling drum lines and spare production underscore a kind of schoolyard simplicity, as if the notes are playing an infectious game of pattycake with your eardrums. …

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