Little Dragon - Season High

Little Dragon - Season High

Article : Antoine Morin

Three years were separating us from their last work, Nabuma Rubberband, released in 2014, but they are now back on their 21st year of activity on the Swedish electronic scene. With their new record Season High, it is the same Little Dragon band that we still have the privilege to see with all its original members. Composed of singer and percussionist Yukimi Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstand, the quartet offers once again this year a synthpop and downtempo style, also combining trip hop and soul elements. It is their well-known characteristic sound that can notably be compared to The Knife and Fever Ray, not only for the music but also for the presence on stage.

Coming from the city of Göteborg and together since 1996, Little Dragon emerged from the underground electronic scene at an exponential speed and can now sell out a little bit everywhere around the world. They even started a world tour at the beginning of summer 2017 that is still going on in America and Europe as these lines are written. Their fifth studio album released last April 14th still displays a similar style to the band’s last few records but offers a brand new collection of fresh compositions. Signed under the French label Because, Little Dragon gives us ten quite different songs for an album that in the end lasts a good 43 minutes.

Hit Song : High
Published exactly two months before the album release, the song High could therefore benefit from a little more time to be known. Featuring a pure trip hop style and Yuikimi Nagano’s easily recognizable voice, the track of a little more than four minutes takes us on a pleasant ride through sound exploration that ends up representing the general idea of the album pretty well.

Strong Link : Sweet
Coming in the fourth spot of this album, the song Sweet, is one of the most uptempo tracks of the album and without a doubt one of the catchiest. It is three minutes and a half of synthpop with sonorities reminiscent of 80’s pop music. All of this is combined to powerful synthesizer, a great vocal and instrumental variety as well as a truly enjoyable listening experience.

Personal Favorite : Strobe Light
Downtempo in its pure state! What makes this song special is above all its bass, that will gives you the desire to shake your head to the rhythm. Once again dominated by the singer’s voice, Strobe Light is very likely to become a must during the band’s concerts. An excellent musical moment clearly signed Little Dragon that works perfectly to make anyone move.

Little Dragon

Little Dragon est un groupe suédois originaire de Göteborg, formé en 1996.

Il est composé de la chanteuse Yukimi Nagano (voix, percussions) et de ses amis proches qu'elle connaît depuis le lycée Erik Bodin (batterie), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (basse) et Håkan Wirenstrand (claviers).

Après le succès de trois albums et des tournées partout dans le monde, leur énergie sur scène et leur style électro, pop et R&B unique leur ont permis de gagner en popularité et de collaborer avec des artistes comme Big Boi, The Gorillaz et SBTRKT.