The Swedish invasion continues apace with this genre-crossing offering from Gothenburg's Little Dragon.
It's hard not to be impressed with Sweden these days. They've overtaken the Italians in the coffee stakes, pushed aside the Spanish at football, and now they seem ready to take over the progressive musical airwaves.
The record label Peacefrog must keep their ear to the ground on the Scandinavian Peninsula, because not content with picking up JosÃ© GonzÃ¡lez, they've now plucked out a gem in Little Dragon.
The self-titled album, that gets a release on Monday (Sep 3rd), is a breezy collection of songs that are impossible to define.
Recent single 'Twice' kicks off the album, a slow piano-led track with the delightful soulful vocals of Yukimi Nagano overlaid. You'd be forgiven for writing off the album as "nice", in a Norah Jones kind of nice way, but that's before you discover the depth to the rest of the LP.
Take for instance 'Recommendation', a track with a sound similar to early-Sugababes, only with an intellectualism that would blow their tiny minds away. The track fuses electronica and soul in such a way, that you'd never believe they were apart to begin with.
The rest of the album continues a brave cross-genre path. 'Constant Surprises' has a certain Caribbean flair to it, mixed with a heavy bass, which is perhaps the only permanent fixture throughout 'Little Dragon'.
'After The Rain' really stretches Nagano's vocals, but she doesn't recoil, rather blossoming in a role she seems made for, something mastered while singing for Koop, another Swedish based Electronica/Jazz band.
Some may find this album less than enthralling, but if you appreciate all kinds of music, and are prepared to dig beneath the surface, you'll be indebted to everything Little Dragon have to offer.