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A move towards future bass,
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Interestingly Little Dragon have moved ever-so-slightly away from the playfulness of their earlier records and towards a more bass-orientated kind of music. The album still retains their core style, but the future bass (a post-dubstep genre that a lot of people fled to after dubstep became so commercialised) influence is clear, there are moments that wouldn't sound entirely alien in a George Fitzgerald or Hudson Mohawke song. The whole thing is packed with synths, 'Summertearz' is like a future bass song at half speed, and there are even some eerier moments, especially in 'When I Go Out'. Perhaps if you're not a listener of bass music then this move would come as a surprise and my descriptions might even sound disparaging, but this movement seems almost natural at a time when a singer like Thom Yorke makes song with Burial. There's something about emotive voices that really lends them to minimal bass driven music.
Furthermore, Little Dragon manage this shift without losing any of the vivacity or freshness that I personally love them for. Yukimi, as always, delivers stunning vocals that are haunting but warm, playful but melancholic.
I do hope they create something as astonishingly powerful and affecting as my favourite Little Dragon song 'Twice' again, which seems very far away from these songs, although admittedly it was never especially alike any other Little Dragon song (or any other song?). Overall though, this is a fantastic album, perhaps not an absolute 10 out of 10 classic on level with The Beatles, but certainly a fun fresh move in a new direction with some real substance behind it. Absolutely worth buying.