- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on July 25th, 2011 at 8:13a.m.
Ritual Union is the third album to be released by Swedish synth-pop outfit Little Dragon. It's a strange album to place in terms of it's feel. At times it's slow and slightly depressing, while in other places being completely cheerful and carefree. One thing that weaves it's way throughout is the light and breezy electronic synth pop sound that they seem to be supremely adept at making.
I think the most distinctive element of Little Dragon's music is singer Yukimi Nagano's voice. If the songs were merely instrumental, they could be made by just about anybody. If you've ever seen Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, you could be forgiven for thinking you heard something from it's soundtrack in the form of songs like Little Man (not necessarily a bad thing).
Despite the 'shortcomings' I half pointed out above, the album itself is well put together, and really enjoyable. They're good at what they do, which is synth pop. If you like groups like Gorillaz (which, incidentally, Little Dragon were featured on to great effect in their last album), La Roux or even Ladyhawke, then there's a strong chance that you'll really enjoy this album.