Ikea, Volvo, and electro-pop music — that's what we at New Times think about when someone says, "Sweden." And speaking of the European Union's third-largest country by area, Swedish indie outfit Little Dragon is almost here!
Earlier this year, the Gothenburg-based group released its third studio album, Ritual Union. At the time, we spoke with lead singer Yukimi Nagano about her band, and she described Little Dragon's music as a "free-range, organic, synth-R&B fruit cocktail." Cute, no?
Brooklyn Vegan picked up on the interview, posting bits and pieces on its culturally relevant music blog and extracting the part about Little Dragon's strict no-guitar rule: "None of us plays guitar very well, so that's one reason. I guess we just feel like there are so many guitar bands out there. And we haven't felt inspired to have any guitars on any songs."
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Naturally, Ritual Union is 43 minutes of soulful synthpop sans a six-string. But even without guitars, Little Dragon makes inspiring records that are as catchy as crabs. And we mean that in a good way.