Little Dragon Machine Dreams

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Machine Dreams, the second album by Sweden's Little Dragon, treads similar territory as The Knife's Deep Cuts. Sure there are some differences—Little Dragon's instrumentation is largely influenced by Prince-styled sex jams and Tom Tom Club's percussive R&B—but songs like "Feather" and "Looking Glass" are direct descendants of The Knife's contemporary classic "Heartbeats." Things do get a bit more interesting when singer Yukimi Nagano and the rest of band allow their compositions to breathe. "A New" starts the album off with a slow-burning pace and enough atmosphere to make TV on the Radio jealous, and "Blinking Pigs," possibly Machine Dreams' best song, somehow transforms from an ominous synth workout to a strangely upbeat and poignant ballad.