Friday, December 2, 2011

Part 3 of This Year's New Classics: Little Dragon "Ritual Union"

I first wrote about Little Dragon's "Ritual Union" in July shortly after my friend Kat (follow her on Twitter, it is like having a personal curator) posted some very cool videos fans made by synching Little Dragon tunes to old movie dance-numbers.
I was immediately hooked.
I could go on for ages about why and with descriptions and vivid imagery etc., etc., but I won't. I will lay a few observations and opinions on you and then let you make up your own mind with a few videos. This is a band that speaks very well for them selves.

   Like any great band Little Dragon starts with great songs. They move on with beautiful minimalist arrangements and superb instrumentation that allows the songs to breathe and gives room for singer Yukimi Nagano's intense and beautiful voice to shine. Nagano has voice that, if left unchecked, sounds like it could blast opera into the far corners of any concert hall but she, like the band and their music, restrains herself, the end result is pure emotion in every word.
   Little Dragon has garnered quite a bit of praise and well-earned success this year, but the reason I included them is because this record will be yet another that, in 10 or 20 years, prominent new talent will point to as an inspiration and influence.
I find them to be unique, catchy, and quirky all at the same time.
I have gotten respones from people who would never seek out music like this on their own who have praised it.
To my musician side, that is the highest form of praise.
Enjoy! Cheers! C.

P.S. If you doubt the greatness of this band as a 'band' watch the last video-live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: That isn't lip-syncing. They really are that good-and don't feel bad for listening to the same song twice in half an hour.
I do it all the time.
It is part of the reason I started an internet radio station.

Little Dragon 'Ritual Union' (Live on Fallon) from lentetijd on Vimeo.

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