Little Dragon: Nabuma Rubberband
On Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragonâ€™s follow-up to their 2011 effort Ritual Union, there is a distinct sense of mood created that seeps throughout all 12 tracks. Part ethereal indie rock and part soaring electronic ambience, the album resounds with a sonic buoyancyâ€”each song lingering in tempo rather than surging propulsively. The Swedish group was apparently inspired by R&B, including the music of Prince and Janet Jackson, and occasionally, that influence creeps into the atmospheric smoothness of the instrumentation. â€śCat Riderâ€ť is sparsely built, with the slow glide of Yukimi Naganoâ€™s vocals driving the melody, while â€śKlapp Klappâ€ť draws on layers of rhythm and slinking synth tones for a faster-paced, pop-tinged number. Itâ€™s a subtler album than Ritual Union, but the understated nature of the songs seems to suit these musicians.