Little Dragon love to surprise. Their 2014 LP Nabuma Rubberband featured ominous New Wave synthesizers, nods to Japanese game shows, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. That you never know what to expect from the four-piece is part of their appeal, but it can also create distance; it’s hard to get invested in a band that’s still finding itself. But on their fifth album, the Swedish outfit seems to have settled into their sound, a breathy mix of ‘80s dance-pop and downtempo ’90s R&B stirred together with artsy flair. It’s fluid, flirty, and awesomely escapist, like a blissed-out stroll through strobe-lit clubs. For polished pop, check out “Celebrate (Feat. Agge).” And for proof they haven’t lost their edge, listen to the spacey, seven-minute “Gravity.”
Celebrate (feat. Agge)
The Pop Life
10 SONGS, 43 MINUTES
APRIL 14, 2017
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