« Ritual Union»
ソウルフルな歌姫 Yukimi を中心としたスウェーデンのグループ Little Dragonによる、エレクトロニック・アレンジを加えたジャジーでダンザブルなアルバム。
Swedish outfit fronted by soulful songbird Yukimi delivers an album combining jazzy and dance-inflected elements, replete with South African influences and electronic arrangements.
Little Dragon members Yukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass) and Erik Bodin (drums) met at school in Gothenburg, where they were all in different groups. In time they joined forces, adding keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand and releasing their first single on Off The Wall before signing to UK indie label Peacefrog Records.
Following their self-titled debut, Little Dragon’s second album, Machine Dreams, was a vibrant electro-pop adventure with strong echoes of Prince, but rendered all the more distinctive by the intimate, sensual tones of the charming Swedish-Japanese singer.
Recorded in the band’s home town of Gothenburg, Machine Dreams was a substantial leap forward while remaining unmistakably Little Dragon. Yukimi’s warm voice, Erik’s nimble drumming, the broad pallet of sounds emanating from Håkan’s synthesisers and Fredrik’s bubbling bass lines came together to create a sound few of their contemporaries could match.
Machine Dreams came out in Britain and the United States in August 2009, quickly becoming a favourite with the critics. In late 2010 the group supported Gorillaz on the European and Australian legs of their world tour, having contributed to the Plastic Beach album. Meanwhile they were hard at work on their own third album, Ritual Union, which duly appeared on 25 July 2011.