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Machine Dreams

Little Dragon

Machine Dreams

Second release of indie pop and electronica from the Swedish act led by singer Yakumi Nagano

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  1. 8.5 |   FasterLouder

    Resembles a carefully considered auditory massage, caressing gently in one superb exercise of subdued electro-pop
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

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  3. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Machine Dreams is at once familiar and slightly alien, and the emotional center is both intuitively obvious and intentionally vague
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  4. 7.0 |   Spin

    With nods to synth pop, electro, and funk, Sweden's Little Dragon fill their second album with bleeping keyboards and jazzy arpeggios
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  5. 6.0 |   Uncut

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  6. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The sound of a band trying out new shoes for size. They may pinch a little right now, but you know they’ll have worn them in by album number three.
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  7. 6.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Their Japanese vocalist, Yukimi Nagano, is Little Dragon’s real ace. Without her ersatz soul gestures and dreamy doodles, some of the melodically underpowered songs here would struggle to stand out. As it is, everything shimmers beguilingly
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  8. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Machine Dreams certainly doesn’t have any sentimental power. It’s built for the sort of wistful, flippant engage of physical necessity that our society is now based on. It’s less likely to be heard with candlelit ambience and more with the sort of subtlety the strongest beer goggles can give you
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  10. 5.0 |   Blurt

    ...the music is basically mild-mannered, often suggesting a Nordic Portishead that specializes in drowsy lullabies rather than icy-burn torch songs
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