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Swedish group Little Dragon’s sound has been described, in typical reductionist fashion, as “dream pop.” I can see where this term comes from – the combination of soul-punk harmonies and rhythms with the timbres of electronica and synth-pop do conjure a Bjork-like dreamscape in the mind’s eye. But the band is more than just another Scandinavian knock off of the Icelandic Pop Queen. In my view, their crisp, pure take on what is already an original fusion of R&B melodies and rock-punk rhythms is a welcome change from the indie pop scene. The production, suffice to say, is top notch, and singer Yukimi Negano’s soulful delivery cuts a refreshing contrast.

These two songs come off their upcoming LP, Ritual Union. The first, the title track, is a good showcase of their use of R&B within the genre; the second, “Nightlight,” has a more electronic-punk sound. The album comes out July 26.

Ritual Union by Little Dragon

Ritual Union is the third studio album by Swedish electronic music band Little Dragon. It was released on 25 July 2011 by Peacefrog Records. The album reached number 47 in the band’s native Sweden, as well as number 28 on the UK Albums Chart and number 78 on the US Billboard 200. Wikipedia
Artist             : Little Dragon
Release date : July 25, 2011
Genre            : Electropop
Label             : Virgin Records
Nominations : Grammis Award for Electro/Dance of the Year

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