I’ve caught the smallest Dragon three times now, and every time I’m reminded how Sweden has not only one of the best reputations in the world but also some of the best music.
Lead singer and percussionist Yukimi Nagano is as precious as ever, still donning her alluring veil and dancing about in a bizarre music-fog of awesome. She even busted out some crystal gongs this time that defy description. I hope to get a better look next time at one she was playing when they tour for their upcoming album. She’s one of the best female performers that still channels percussion live. The other guys in the group do a good job of not being as cute as her. I’d be fine with a backing track and just Nagano on stage, but I digress.
“Blinking Pigs” (from their second album, Machine Dreams) was the first song I ever heard from this group, and is still one of my favorites, but not for long. SLC’s Urban Lounge was privy to something I didn’t catch last time I saw them at Coachella in 2010—new music from their upcoming third album. From the sound of these new tracks we’re in for some seriously good shit. The crowd recognized it, too, and (surprisingly enough) shut the fuck up for the majority of the show—a rare treat at a venue most often used for socializing. The upcoming 2011 album, Ritual Union, is one of the most hyped in the genre of world music and will not disappoint.
In the meantime, check out some old-school puppetry and appropriately bizarre imagery from their latest video for “My Step”.