Little Dragon are vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick KÃ¤llgren (bass) and HÃ¥kan Wirenstrand (keyboards). Yukimi and Erik play live with Jos Gonz lez and Erik also drums with legendary Swedish blues and reggae artist, Peps Perrson. They first came to people’s attention with the release of their debut single, a double A-side, ˜Twice/Test which was released on the Peacefrog label, home to Jos Gonzalez and Findlay Brown.
Little Dragon’s unique sound comes from each of its members wide range of musical influences. Singer Yukimi was born and raised in Gothenburg to a Japanese father and American mother, listening to a lot of American folk music. Keyboardist HÃ¥kan spent his childhood in the deepest, darkest woods of Smaland before moving to Gothenburg, hearing a lot of Swedish folk music, later getting into electronic and synth music. Erik grew up hearing early hip-hop and jazz.
Yukimi’s emergence as a significant voice is confirmed by ‘Twice’ – the opening gambit for the debut and breathtaking in its simplicity, a minor-key piano ballad with understated yet richly effective strings blooming amid deft cosmic swirls. Yukimi delivers a poised but dramatically beautiful tale of regret.