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Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

by Nse Ette Rating:9 Release Date:2014-05-12

Listening to Janet Jackson ballads you feel like you're floatin,g says Yukimi Nagano, lead vocalist of Swedish electronic group Little Dragon. That's exactly what one feels listening to Nabuma Rubberband, their fourth album. Nagano's silky soulful vocals hover ever so delicately over the moody, downtempo arrangements. In fact, the ballad 'Cat Rider' could have fallen off a Janet Jackson album.

Lead single 'Klapp Klapp' is the bounciest thing here, with swirling, shimmering synths and Motown-style insistent beats, yet still manages to be delicate, ending with the lines "Falling apart, apart, apart", as though tipping over the edge.

'Pretty Girls' reminded me at first of Robyn's 'Heartbeat', moody and hypnotic with throbbing synths, drawing you in more and more. 'Underbart' sets dizzying synths to dancey beats, while 'Paris' keeps the tempo raised with some sexy-sounding French mutterings.

The title track is haunting, with quivery synths tastefully laced with strings by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (who also appear on 'Pink Cloud'). The spare 'Only One' pushes Nagano's vocals to the fore against a flickering backdrop before building to a pulsing climax.

Though simple sounding at first, Little Dragon have come up with an album exhaustive in detail, rhythm and atmosphere. The sound of a band finally hitting their stride.

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