Much like their last effort, Machine Dreams, Little Dragon‘s new album Ritual Union is filled with soulful electronic pop, but the band sounds a little more confident and precise with this one. When you hear “electronic pop,” you might be thinking in-your-face dance anthems, but Little Dragon’s sound is a little more subtle and balanced in terms of art vs. entertainment. Even when the melodies aren’t obvious, they’re surprisingly catchy. Grab the title track from Ritual Union below, and listen to the whole album over at NPR. It drops July 26th.
Oh, and as far as indie crushes go, Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon is up there for me. Just felt a need to put that out there.
The rest of the set can be viewed at KCRW.