Little Dragon – Machine Dreams (Audio)

little-dragonYukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion), Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Wallin (bass), and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), who make up the band Little Dragon, are back with their eagerly awaited sophomore album, Machine Dreams (scheduled to release in August). Their 2007 eponymous debut album hit us with a new vibe and style, it was no surprise their success skyrocketed – good music, is simply good music. I will be completely honest, on first listen of Machine Dreams, I felt a tinge of disappointment. I expected the soulful vibe, the hip hop infused beats, electronic bass, intertwined with Yukimi’s voice.

Machine Dreams‘s formula is very similar to the self-titled Little Dragon, only this time around, they have taken a more commercial pop route with a more pedestrian pace. It’s mid-way between the dark and harrowing electronics of fellow Swedes Fever Ray to prime 80s Prince (Controversy/Dirty Mind eras). It may appear to be a big leap from their debut, as Machine Dreams is more experimental and futuristic than their debut. Yukimi’s vocals still contain her charm. Being one of the former singers of the group Koop, quite frankly, she can sing over anything and sound good. Her description of Machine Dreams is, “These days humans seem more and more like machines as technology evolves, machines feel more human and it becomes fuzzy and beautiful and science fiction-ish. We feel dependent on our machines to create and live, and their sounds reflect us.” You’re not wrong!

“Thunder Love” is absolutely beautiful. Her vocals are soulful, and at times, (especially on the upbeat pop songs) you can hear her ancestry through her voice.

This did start off as lukewarm album review, however, there are definite gems on Machine Dreams. Sophomoric pressure is hard to live up to and I’m certain Deejays will find inspiration through Little Dragon’s inventiveness on Machine Dreams as the crux of what they do best is uncompromised. Bring on the third album. We eagerly await many more! Check out Thunder Love below.

“Thunder Love” featured on Machine Dreams by Little Dragon

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Roseann V. Warren

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Roseann V. Warren is a Brooklyn, NY based freelance writer and developmental book editor, who proudly calls herself a member of the Prince army, and believes Hersey's chocolate is a crime. Follow her @webdiva3000

7 Comments

  1. Dutch

    August 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Hello! Is there a way you can upload the album? I am such a huge fan of Little Dragon and I’ve been itching for this release. I’m still gonna pre-order the CD I just need a taste! Thank you. ^_^

  2. Matthew

    August 8, 2009 at 5:41 am

    This is beautiful Vanessa. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  3. Vanessa

    August 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I'm afraid I can't do that, Dutch. I'm glad that what you heard has gotten you all excited. The album was released in Europe last month and will be released in the U.S. August 25th (I believe).

  4. rc plane

    September 11, 2009 at 10:33 am

    This is the sleeper hit of the year for me. Love it. The girl's vocals are so soulful and the music is retro without being corny.

  5. Vanessa

    September 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Yes, it gives me goosebumps! Little Dragon will be around for a long time.

  6. audreanna

    December 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Their accomplishing much more with this album than their loyal fans would expect. It's hard to say now-a-days that you rarely come across artist so amazing but a tempo so well put together and as meaningful as their music is-is rare.

  7. Vanessa Warren

    December 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I agree with you, as Machine Dreams is unlike their debut. I will add, the album has grown on me and after seeing them live recently, I'm a life-long loyal fan of theirs.