Phantom Legs and Blinking Pigs: Little Dragon

Three weeks ago, I got myself together and boarded the train over to Berlin to see Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz perform live in front of an enthusiastic crowd of reportedly 12.000 people. Now I could fill books just chatting about the evening’s main act, but many have done so before me while one of the two support acts, a swedish Electropop outfit named Little Dragon, hasn’t received as much attention as the band proved they deserve with a thundering opening set.

Mixing electronic pop with lush, jazzy vocals courtesy of singer Yukimi Nagano, the group’s sound is rather laidback on the studio recordings. Performed live, however, the songs gain a whole new level of energy, augmented by the band playing real instruments instead of simply performing a DJ set like many electronic artists do, all led by Nagano’s breathtaking performance.

After their set, a friend of mine told me: “It’s not like she’s dancing to the music, she IS the music.”, referring to the charismatic singer. True words. Two studio albums have come out so far, with the third slated for 2011. While these are certainly enjoyable, there’s nothing that beats seeing them live – even if they’re just opening for a band much bigger than them.

Little Dragon will be touring America next, but promised to come back to Europe sometime next year.

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