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Little Dragon

Machine Dreams

British European Back in 2007 Gothenburg's enticing techpop alchemists Little Dragon released their eponymous debut With 'Machine Dreams' they've followed that auspicious and surprising concoction of digifunk subtle downtempo rhythms and twitchy electronica with an equally beguiling and neatly layered album Amid an intricate tangle of strings beats and bleeps singer Yukimi Nagano's haunting elliptical voice again takes centre stage with good reason During 'Never Never' notable for its synth restraint in a pop landscape of Calvin Harris and Lady GaGa electro bombast 'Nagano' jerks her words out in intriguing fashion she sings the way Mike Skinner raps teasing the sentences out syllable by syllable On the minimal shuffling 'Thunder Love' which sounds as spookily comforting as finding your way out of a forest at dusk Nagano reminds listeners of her vocal similarity to Cocteau Twins siren Liz Fraser Both possess heartbreaking croons even if their lyrics are often unintelligible Musically Prince and fellow Swedish iconoclasts The Knife remain key influences 'Looking Glass' replete with Nagano's stretching of ''you'' into a word five times its length is 'Love Action' by The Human League with added 'Sign O' The Times' crunch while opener 'A New' is all glacial synth atmospherics and woodblock like Vangelis having a contemporary attempt at his seminal Blade Runner soundtrack

  • 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

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