Posts tagged ‘Little Dragon’
There’s a reason why so many Little Dragon fans would call “Twice” their favorite song from the group (as it is mine), and yet I can’t recall a major artist trying to cover it. First, it’s a difficult song to sing. It isn’t necessarily the range needed — but rather the sentiment. It’s a really delicate track, tinged with fragility and hurt — and the heights are reached in nuanced, small moments that must be elegantly expressed rather than tackled or belted out. Lianne La Havas, a 2012 Mercury Prize nominee, tested her skills against it — coming as close to the beauty of the track as original singer, Yukimi Nagano. Though this isn’t Nagano and Little Dragon, it’s a cover to be savored. We have In The Woods and their 2013 Barn Sessions to thank for it. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Little Dragon released a video for their newest single, “Sunshine” (out via Peace Frog or get it at ITunes), on the The Daily Show. It’s strange to see Little Dragon continue to blow up the way they have, when it seems just like a few years ago lead singer Yukimi Nagano was this talented songstress who helped out bands like Koop, with some female vocals. It’s a talented band, and fun to watch live, if you ever get the chance. — David D. Robbins Jr.
One inventive band re-imagines the song of another. Unknown Mortal Orchestra has a remix out for Little Dragon’s newest single, “NightLight”, from off their upcoming release. They speed-up and distort lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s vocals, take out the funky computer groove and add a blip of saxophone and jazz-up the original. I first heard this on Transparent blog, where you can download the remix. You can purchase the original song at I-Tunes here. Note: Photo from Yukimi’s facebook page. — David D. Robbins Jr.
ON THE DANCE FLOOR: I’ve seen Little Dragon live a couple of times, and it’s safe to say their lovely centerpiece, Yukimi Nagano, is the driving force behind the Swedish band’s electro-twee energy. It’s also obvious the band has deliberately moved its style into a more psychedelic dance-groove, aimed at getting you to move your feet. So, it’s not surprising to see the group come out with some remixes. The band followed up 2009′s LP “Machine Dreams” with a five-song EP, “Blinking Pigs”. It features “Machine Dreams” songs, “Blinking Pigs” (in its original format), and four remixes. “Runabout” finds Nagano singing sweetly about love, over the top of a club beat, xylophone-like synth and a cool Eastern-sounding backing-vocal track. The jazz-based “Fortune” is given a full-band approach, with strings, drums, horns, and cascading keyboards. The “Feather” remix is a spacey throw-back, with a sexy chill flavor, showcasing Nagano’s beautifully airy vocals. The EP is available via iTunes. – David D. Robbins Jr.
A GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL: Well, the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City is about to wind down, with Camera Obscura and Pieta Brown putting the topper on a week that featured acts like Xiu Xiu, Booker T, Tune Yards and The Daredevil Christopher Wright. I stopped by the Blue Moose Tap House to see Little Dragon and front-woman Yukimi Nagano last night. Opening for them were a couple of indie bands, Western Front and Des Moines favorites, The Envy Corps. The latter played two new songs of their upcoming release. Before Little Dragon took the stage, VV Brown lit up the crowd with a cover of Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”. Little Dragon played a number of songs off their newest record, “Machine Dreams” — before ending the night with a fan favorite, “Twice” from off their self-titled first album. A sweet night for those who love dancing, beer, tunes and good company. (The above photo is of Nagano playing the show’s closer with VV Brown’s guitarist on drums.) – Photo and words by David D. Robbins Jr. (Click on the image above to see more of my personal photos of the band at my Facebook page.)
VIDEO BELOW: Their Bated Breath Exclusive: Little Dragon “Twice”
April 4, 2010 in Iowa City at The Blue Moose Tap
Gitty-up music lovers: My friends at Daytrotter say they’ll be getting visits from two of my favorites, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Little Dragon, fronted my Yukimi Nagano. So, be on the lookout for free session tracks coming from those visits. Until then, watch and listen to Miss Yukimi (below) stun a London audience this year with the gorgeous, atmospheric and textured song, “A New,” from the new album “Machine Dreams.” She moves so freely between sonic, electronic, pop, and retro. Her voice floats. If any of you would like, I own an absolute rarity … Yukimi covering 60s musician Leon Thomas’ “The Creator Has a Master Plan.” It’s gorgeous. E-mail me, and I may just send it to you. (Smile).