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Peacefrog Records

Little Dragon – Machine Dreams

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Peacefrog Records

Little Dragon – Machine Dreams

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In 2009 Little Dragon returned with the spectacular second album Machine Dreams, a pulsating electro pop epic that Prince would be proud of (only fronted by a beautiful Swedish lady with a sultry voice). A bold and surprising step forwards from their self titled debut, released two years prior to great acclaim especially among specialist circles. Machine Dreams, with its nagging hooks and gloriously infectious tunes, should finally see the band break out into the mainstream.

Recorded in their home city of Gothenburg, Machine Dreams is a gigantic leap on from previous material but still maintains a distinct sound that can only be Little Dragon. Be it Yukimi's warmly inviting vocals, Erik's dextrous drumming, the vast array of synths and bleeps created by Hakan or Frederik's bubbling bass lines, together they don't sound like anything else around right now. The move towards a more electronic sound was a conscious one, as Yukimi explained, "The title Machine Dreams seems obvious. These days, humans seem more and more like machines, and 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."

With disparate influences from Depeche Mode to Prince, LCD Soundsystem to James Holden, Dancehall to R&B, Jazz and Soul, Little Dragon take their place among artists who straddle many genres, yet somehow create their own and in doing so create sounds that make time stop. Futuristic yet somehow retro, Machine Dreams sees Little Dragon achieve something timeless; that elusive pop classic. – Press Release

Little Dragon's palette is broad enough to lend the album a rich, luscious sound, but specific enough to ground the work in a particular time and place, though the definition of both terms is left to the listener's imagination. Some of the songs, like "Looking Glass" and "My Step", sound like a 1980s version of the future, and owe a debt to the keyboard aesthetics of freestyle and Prince circa Sign 'O' the Times. Others, like the gorgeous ballad "Feather" and the claustrophobic "Thunder Love", bring to mind the dystopian sexiness of Tricky's early classics on Maxinquaye and Pre-Millennium Tension.  - Pitchfork

Item description:

Artist:

Little Dragon

Title:

Machine Dreams

Label:

Peacefrog Records

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Reissue

Pressing:

UK

Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 2009

Genre:

Electronic

Style:

Downtempo, Ambient

Catalog No:

PFG134

Condition:

New