Little Dragon announce new album and release new music video
Grammy-nominated Little Dragon has announced their long-awaited new album SEASON HIGH, out April 14th. This is the first new music from the band since they released their acclaimed 2014 album, NABUMA RUBBERBAND.
Little Dragon have already shared a song off the new album, titled ‘High’, and today, the band has shared the another new song from the new record ‘Sweet’. This song is a saccharine-induced dance floor number framed by lead singer Yukimi’s lush vocals.
Where Little Dragon’s audience loves them for a unique brand of electronic pop and as a great live party band, the broader music world – artists like Big Boi, Raphael Saadiq, Kaytranada, and Moodymann, among others – recognises the Swedish quartet, and its singer Yukimi Nagano, as exquisite practitioners of European soul music.
The combination of Yukimi’s exceptional voice, song writing that simultaneously accesses Swedish pop’s studiousness and its hooky nature, plus a love of sound grounded in musical history but engaged with contemporary club culture, has effortlessly made Little Dragon a playlist staple.
Little Dragon’s most complete full-length album effort to date, SEASON HIGH, is a collection of exquisite personal songs that showcase Nagano’s balance of numerous soulful vocal traditions, while blending the group’s far-flung influences into a singular, post-’80s synthetic soul-club sound.
Coming as it does at a time when pop-club culture is exploring more emotional and soulful approaches, and when contemporary R&B is re-engaging with the broader 4/4 dancefloor, Little Dragon’s SEASON HIGH is not only a great artist statement, it’s an album that's found its moment.
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