REVIEW: Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

Fact: no one can name a Little Dragon song except Twice. And maybe Wildfire but that was totally SBTRKT‘s game. The point is, the Swedish group seem to have ridden a rather successful wave off the back of one song, which is rather a shame given their sterling back catalogue.

Hopefully that’s set to change with Nabuma Rubberband (don’t worry, we don’t know what one of those is either). There’s plenty of enjoyment to be found in lead single Klapp Klapp and slow-jam Pretty Girls, but there comes a point in the album that the eccentric electronic-pop / trip-hop schtick really soars – lead singer Yukimi Nagano carries both Underbart and Cat Rider on the strength of her verve and charm, while Paris effortlessly shows off their poppier side.

While the ambition of the title track doesn’t quite succeed, that minor misstep is immediately forgotten in the slow funk of Killing Me. Meanwhile, the album reveals its ultimate triumph in the Twice-rivalling Pink Cloud, which sees Nagano plunder the lower octaves for a synth-driven midnight wonder. It’s definitely one of Little Dragon’s strongest offerings yet; luckily, the same can be said for the rest of the album as well.[/two_third]

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