Saturday, March 02, 2013

Little Dragon: Ritual Union

"Adam Rathe of wrote that their newest album, 'Ritual Union,' is 'equal parts chill-out room dreamy and club-friendly fierce.' The effect was intentional. The band's drummer, Erik Bodin, told Spin, 'It's an album for multitasking,' adding, 'Our aim is to make music for people to escape into or dance to.' The band was formed in 1996 in Gothenburg, Sweden, by several high school friends: Yukimi Nagano, a Japanese-American singer who also did percussion, Mr. Bodin (drums) and Fredrik Kallgren Wallin (bass), who often got together to jam after school. 'We were weirdos,' Ms. Nagano told, 'but we found each other and could be in a bubble together.' They added Hakan Wirenstrand (keyboards), supporting themselves with side jobs as they developed their sound. ... Their albums 'Little Dragon' (2007), 'Machine Dreams' (2009) and the highly acclaimed 'Ritual Union' (2011) are accompanied by music videos perfect for projecting on club walls, and several tracks have been used on TV shows like 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Gossip Girl.' Little Dragon has been invited to collaborate with other top artists like Gorillaz, Jose Gonzalez, SBTRKT, DJ Shadow, Erykah Badu and Raphael Saadiq" (Val Haller, "Music Match," New York Times, 1/29/13).

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