Hey, let’s get funky, no wait let’s get down with disco. Actually, can we just get a little bit sexy, you know, R’n B style?
Do I seem confused? I guess that’s because I am.
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Little Dragon’s fifth album Season High for a week. I can’t quite grasp what it is and part of the problem is the band are trying to be all things to all people.
They’ve said before that they want to appeal to all generations, and here they seem to be want to be that band who can get you on the dance floor, but they’ve got so much more to offer than that.
Opening track Celebrate, a Prince-like funk odyssey with a crazy electric guitar solo, will get you moving. But, like the DJ who throws on the slow-set when you least expect it, they’ve already gone real slow and smooth by the second track, the electro-R ‘n B High.
It’s all pretty cool and Yukimi Nagano has one of the smoothest R’n B falsettos you’ll ever hear, but halfway through they drop the epic track Butterflies and it feels like a game-changer.
This 6-minute electro odyssey is the freshest track on the album, and things get a little more fearless after that. They introduce some interesting trippy sounds and tribal beats on Should I, and maintain this more futuristic quality for Don’t Cry.
Basically, the second half of the album kicks the first half’s ass and makes you wish Little Dragon would stop trying to make everyone happy, and continue on their own weird futuristic electronic odyssey instead.