Official: Little Dragon to release album number four in 2014

Thanks to Emily Zemler of Rolling Stone we know the following:

  • Little Dragon will release their fourth record during the spring of 2014
  • A handful of tracks feature members of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchesta
  • They will begin extensive touring during the spring
  • A short film may be in the works
Photo by Chris Saunders

Here are a few chosen quotes:

  • “I think when we started we had no vision whatsoever,” singer Yukimi Nagano said. “We just wanted to make the ball start rolling and just brainstorm ideas and see what comes up and then make plans thereafter. I think a lot of visions came through. Our sound is wide – it’s not just one particular style – so we dove into different worlds. New worlds, new spaces we haven’t been to before. There definitely are elements of sonically romantic tracks. It feels like there are different moods and we’re exploring ourselves a bit.”
  • “It’s nice to see your music reflected on another musician [members of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra],” drummer Erik Bodin said. “Especially when they come from the outside and you can see how they interpret it. It’s an honor.”
  • “It seemed interesting to let go,” bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin said. “We’ve never really had the opportunity before.”
  • “In the past there’s no way we had a budget to do that,” Nagnao said. “There’s always been a compromise somewhere. We’re happy with our mixes – all the guys are really diving in and honing their own mixing skills – but there are those people out there who only do this.”
  • “It’s going to be amazing for us, and hopefully for others,” Bodin said. “We’ve been – not tired of ourselves, but we really needed to make new music to energize the whole band. We toured for a while. This is our life and these are my closest people, and we spend so much time together, so giving us some new songs pushes us to the next step. It fertilizes us.”

Little Dragon’s writing credits for the Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors LP

Big Boi – Descending (feat. Little Dragon)
Written by Antwan Patton, Chris Carmouche, Andy Slagle, Gary Fly, Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin, Hakan Wirenstrand
Little Dragon appear courtesy of Loma Vista/Republic Records

Big Boi – Higher Res (feat. Jai Paul & Little Dragon)
Written by Antwan Patton, Chris Carmouche, Jai Paul, Anup Paul, Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin, Hakan Wirenstrand
Additional drum programming by Chris Carmouche, Erik Bodin
Little Dragon appear courtesy of Loma Vista/Republic Records

Big Boi – Mama Told Me (feat. Kelly Rowland)
Written by Antwan Patton, Heron Ward, Ricky Walker, Chris Carmouche, Ricardo Lewis, Shelton Oliver, Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin, Hakan Wirenstrand

Big Boi – Thom Pettie (feat. Little Dragon & Killer Mike)
Written by Antwan Patton, Chris Carmouche, LaMarquis Jefferson, David Brown, Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin, Hakan Wirenstrand, Michael Render
Additional percussion by Erik Bodin
Little Dragon appear courtesy of Loma Vista/Republic Records

Interview: Clash Music speak to Erik Bodin of Little Dragon

How many gigs have you been to in an abandoned fortress? From 6th-9th September Dimensions festival in Croatia will be bouncing bass-heavy beats off the walls of Punta Christo – an eighteenth century citadel. It’s a bit like having piss-up on a National Heritage site, only the dilapidated remains and overgrown walls add a secret rave feel. “It looks awesome,” says Erik Bodin of Little Dragon while in Buenos Aires on a South American tour. “It looks like one of those places that come with a special vibe you can’t take away. I’m very excited about going there.”

They’ll be playing their part in a line-up which collects the best underground electronic acts from around the world and brings them together. Already announced are Carl Craig, Mount Kimbie, Moodymann, and lots more. As one of the only live acts, Eric is relishing the opportunity to bring something different to the festival: “We love house music as much as everyone else but it’s nice to be that odd bird who does something different,” he says excitedly. What are ticket holders in for when they see Little Dragon take to the stage? “They can expect an up-tempo explosion – home made, organic, wholesome, free-range – a big dance omelette!”

The Swedish group’s repertoire has grown increasingly electronic as things have escalated, a change instigated by crowd reaction. “The first album – we were told to put it out basically or there wouldn’t be a deal. I guess we were naïve. We thought we would work more on it. So the first album was a little more chilled out I would say, but then playing live you realise you can’t just be chilled out all the time, people want to party, we want to party. We got tired of ourselves so we decided to step it up for the next album and after that we decided to step it up even more, so maybe we will end up playing some super-fast smurf techno by the end… I don’t know.

“Dance is the most natural reaction to music. We really like those hippy philosophies of getting into one unity and going into a trance. The brain doesn’t have to think as much, you get a good work-out, and you might see some pretty girls too… If you’re single that is.”

The show will be a visual performance as well as having an electronic feel: “We do everything live. We try to always keep things fresh and have an element of fear within the performance and ourselves. It’s good to not always know what’s going to happen,” he explains. Things have been quickly building for the group and their position on the bill at Dimensions reflects this. “We’ve always strived for this. It’s been an amazing journey. We’ve worked really hard so I’d be sad if it wasn’t there but I’m still surprised by it every time I go onstage. We’ve been doing it for such a long time now that it’s part of our lives. We’re constantly on that daily euphoric routine. We’re always searching for that euphoria so it’s hard to think about anything else but when I look at this whole thing from the outside it’s incredible.”

The journey to becoming a world-renowned dance band has been immense, and not without its peaks. “When we collaborated with Gorillaz it definitely felt like things accelerated. It’s nice to see such big crowds knowing your lyrics and singing them back,” he says. Another undeniable step forward was the release of ‘Ritual Union’, an album which propelled them further into public consciousness. “Our idea was to make a very grainy, poppy record. It’s funny how you don’t think there’s a concept to it and then as you look back on it there seems like there was one all along although it wasn’t outspoken. When the track ‘Ritual Union’ came up we realised we has a concept to run with.”

Dimensions has a great sound-system for such an intimate location. Spaces being utilised include a dungeon, a ballroom, and a moat, plus there’ll be beach and boat parties in the daytime. Tickets start at £120. A range of accommodation is available from the traditional camping option to hiring a private villa. Source.