Little Dragon kicks off world tour for new album at Outside Lands 

With the release last week of their new third album “Ritual Union,” it’s time we made note of one of our favorite electronic outfits, Gothenburg, Sweden’s textural-soundscape masters Little Dragon.

As always, it was a truly DIY affair, home-recorded at their old live/work space the Seal Colonie. “We were all about writing in our space, our bubble,” notes exotic vocalist Yukimi Nagano.

“We haven’t really recorded in any fancy studios – we’d rather be in our own junkyard.”

They’ll also be kicking off a sprawling world tour with an appearance at San Francisco’s own Outside Lands festival next week, Aug. 14.

And it’s the year this band should finally come into its own. They’ve been content in the shadows for too long, first in countless Swedish studio collaborations, then being invited by Gorillaz maestro Damon Albarn onto that band’s “Plastic Beach” album and corresponding Escape To Plastic Beach world tour.

They’ve also colluded with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek for his Maximum Balloon side project (the song “If You Return”), and the group SBTRKT (“Wildfire,” on their eponymous new album).

But Little Dragon is liberal with their originals, as well – they’ve already released a “Ritual Union” remix EP, featuring Tensnake and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Catch them next week, and keep up with them at www.little-dragon.se/.

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