As noted by the video uploader: “Stated on the setlist as “Underbeat”, meanwhile the title on the album tracklist is “Underbart” (which is the Swedish word for “Wonderful”).” It sounds absolutely beautiful.
For most of Little Dragon’s performance – a low-key comeback, presaging a highly anticipated new album – they remain more or less invisible. Backlit in blue, gauzed in dry ice, the Swedish foursome are occasionally illuminated from the side. Lanky bassist Fred Wallin’s shadow projects up the brick walls of this former warehouse. You can make out bushy-bearded, ponytailed keyboard magus Håkan Wirenstrand in silhouette. Singer Yukimi Nagano shirks the usual strutting, fretting and spotlighting that goes with being a frontwoman, her sinuous vocals just one of the elements – acrylic digitals, live percussion, deep bass – swirling around. A dancer in a catsuit and large shades turns up at the back, adding her lively shapes to Nagano’s supplicating arm gestures …
… There is an element of frustration to Little Dragon’s tasteful, non-U groove-pop, however. They are very near some kind of greatness; all it would take is some minor concession to structure and focus. A case in point is one of tonight’s highlights: the oscillation unleashed near the end of Klapp Klapp, Little Dragon’s sort-of new single. It’s typical Dragon: a louche bassline leads into a busy on-beat. There are some heavenly noises. It’s hard to make out what Nagano is singing, adding to a sense of impenetrable prettiness. But why does the hook come at the end? You’d want to bang your head against the Village Underground’s exposed brickwork, if it weren’t all so lovely.
Here are six awesome photographs of the band from RTS.ch.
Okay, so I can sometimes be a terrible webmaster. During Little Dragon’s hiatus (I call it hiatus, but of course they were like worker bees in a creative bubble) I failed to access my Gmail account and in doing so I was foolishly unaware that Lynn, an ever present contributor, had sent me some amazing photographs of Little Dragon from there Bowery Ballroom show in late October of 2013. So, now that I’ve finally caught sight of them so can you … chegg it!
It gets one eager for the new touring season, doesn’t it?
20 Amsterdam, Trouw
22 Hamburg, Moondoo
24 Berlin, Heimathafen
27 London, Village Underground
03 Stockholm, Debaser Ballroom
05 Paris, La Maroquinerie
Little Dragon, as part of their Little Dragon IV touring season, will perform at Coachella 2014 in Indio, California. Look at the poster if you don’t believe me. Who’s going?
Six beautiful photographs from Little Dragon’s Music Hall of Williamsburg show. These are credited to photographer Gregg Greenwood. Chegg out his previous and future work by following the link.
Here is a small collection of photographs of Little Dragon performing at Treasure Island Music Festival. I was sent these by email and have no source, so if anyone knows the original source hit this post a reply.