Ninja Tune – March 27th
Little Dragon have a pretty consistent scorecard when it comes to reflecting on their output. Whether crafting percussion floorfillers (2011’s Ritual Union) or wonky ’80s-inspired synth-pop (2017’s Season High) the Gothenburg band seem incapable of letting the quality of their songs dip. On New Me, Same Us, the group pull in more acoustic instrumentation, without abandoning their intoxicating brand of alternative club-ready music.
Moreover, the record contains some of singer Yukumi Nagano’s most personal stories, ostensibly about moving on from a long relationship. On ‘New Fiction’, gamelan chimes and a lounge bass underscore the bruising realisation: “We need new fiction / We need to find our own way.” ‘Hold On’, meanwhile, is a certified Little Dragon 101 banger. They’re seemingly incapable of missing the mark.