Some of the people who became enamored with Gothenburg, Sweden's Little Dragon via the left-field jazz-tinged and R&B-flavored indie pop of their self-titled 2007 debut might be in for a shock. The band's new album, Machine Dreams, is distinctively less warm and smooth, an abrupt jump to new wave and electro-indebted sounds that, all told, are a bit less out-of-the-ordinary than the odd cocktail-pop stylings of their debut. But less unusual doesn't necessarily mean less intriguing, and the band's big x-factor, lead singer Yukimi Nagano, shares the same enigmatic appeal as scenemates like jj and Sally Shapiro: a voice that sounds mysterious and a bit heartsick, yet still filled with a reserve of brisk, almost sensual strength. And that electro she's singing over is anything but predictable—an alluring, glowing mid-fi sound that splits the difference between the Knife and early Madonna. With Athletes in Slacks. 18+. (Photo by Seek)
Fri., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., 2009
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