What links Little Dragon and FIFA Soccer 12?

Have you ever heard of FIFA Soccer 12? Well, it’s a soccer game – and it’s a rather big selling game, too. As it is, previous installments have sold tens of millions respectively, with tens of millions pirated, also. Little Dragon, along with such artists as the Strokes, the Vaccines, TV On The Radio, Cut Copy, and Crystal Castles, feature on the soundtrack to the game, which plays continuously in the background as the player works through his/her options. Talk about a huge case of exposure for the band, eh? And the chosen song? “Nightlight”.

Little Dragon’s “Nightlight” is now free to download from iTunes

A very kind visitor to this site, Chase, has informed me that “Nightlight” is available to download for the sum total of $0 from iTunes right now, using this link. Now, we’re all fans so we’ve probably got our hands on the album already, but you can send this to a friend or two, right? Let’s call it a musical conversion. Spread the word! Free (and brilliant) music!

Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “NightLight”

The whole “twistical” piece I’m unsure of, but it would make sense, so I’ve kept it. It kind of sounds like “twist-a-blue”, too. I’m just unsure. Definitely open to suggestion on that one. Anything with an Astrix again denotes confusion. Yukimi, help!

Edit: When I said “Yukimi, help!” I wasn’t expecting that to actually be case until this Tweet from @twittledragon: “@littledragonews well done! real close!… twisted blue form of light turning over etc etc lol”

Edit: Lawrence has gone one better than Yukimi by providing the 100% official links from the liner notes. Thank you!

“NightLight”
Words written by Yukimi Nagano

Open the door, there you’re standing in a row
Dancing in a twisted blue form of light – turning over
Making a sound, then your braiding it around
Turning in a twisted blue form of light – moving your shoulders
1, 2, you move, your feet, your shoes
Flying like a arrow in the room

Be my angel, love
Tell me everything I need from above
Be my heroine, tell them please what we need to never be sin
Be forever sun
Never, never, ever stop everyone
Be my shining light
Lady, I believe you transform the night

Open the door, there you’re standing in a row
Dancing in a twisted blue form of light – turning over
Making a sound, then your braiding it around
Turning in a twisted blue form of light – moving your shoulders
1, 2, you move, your feet, your shoes
Flying like a arrow in the room

Be my angel, love
Tell me everything I need from above
Be my heroine, tell them please what we need to never be sin
Be forever sun
Never, never, ever stop everyone
Be my shining light
Lady, I believe you tranform the night

You open my mind, got me floating out of time
Dancing in a twisted blue form of light
Drifting a sound, got me turning it around
Moving in a twisted blue form of life – moving your shoulders
1, 2, you move, your feet, your shoes
Flying like a arrow in the room

Little Dragon and lyrics: “Ritual Union”

Here is our attempt at translating the words to the title track from Little Dragon’s upcoming record. Hopefully they are correct, although they probably won’t be. At least it gives you an idea for the sing-along. I’ll attempt “SummerTearz”, “NightLight”, and “Little Man” later.

Written by Yukimi Nagano

Ritual Union

Ritual union has got me in trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And a mistress
And her spirit – holding my hand!

Love sinking in the sand
Petals falling on demand
My feet are running like the wind
I’m sorry, boy – that we sinned
Love is not like they say
I lied, it’s hard to make it stay
I drown my feelings in the sea
Then dried out over on the beach

Ritual union has got me in trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And the mistress
And a spirit – holding my hand!

Mother, tell me how it is
I know you’ve been through all of this
You ran away so many times
Your kids, your heart, a couple of dimes
Love is not like they say
I lied, it’s hard to make it stay
It drowns my feelings in the sea
I dried up over on the beach…

Jan Scharlau helps Little Dragon see the NightLight

Little Dragon have released their first single off the upcoming Ritual Union LP and it is “NightLight”. The song is available to download from the US iTunes website here, although for whatever reason it seems to be only available in that territory (maybe due to their strong Californian following). Yukimi posted on twittledragon that the single had reached number twenty-two on the single download chart after just two days. You’ve probably heard the streaming quality version of the release (which came about with the initial press release outlining the album due date, appearing on Pitchfork), but at least now we’ve got the chance to get ourselves a truly high quality version of this wonderful track.

The artwork was created by Jan Scharlau and you can check out extended versions of the piece at his website. Ritual Union really is shaping up to be an incredible record. We’ve now heard “Little Man”, “SummerTearz”, “Ritual Union”, and “NightLight” and each is better than the other. Summer can’t come quick enough. If you’re American, go purchase “Nightlight”. It’s just $.99! “Flyin’ like a heroine…”