A frighteningly cold late Sunday evening in Austin, Texas needs only one incredible factor to make a show as successful at The Parish— Little Dragon performed. The venue was packed with devoted Little Dragon fans, who braved the cold and survived the anxious dread of suicide-Sunday for a series of synthesized compositions with sultry overtones and brilliant percussion.
Surfacing from the blue haze, Little Dragon’s sweet, haunting sound bellowed ”A New”. Following “A New” was another track from their latest album, Machine Dreams. The more relaxed, yet still insanity-inducing track, “Never, Never”, showcased Little Dragon’s sultry voice supported by poppy rhythms and gentle percussion.
Despite eerie lyrics in “Blinking Pigs”, the crowd swayed and sang along. During this track, the greatest uproar was the fascinating and tireless percussion pounding furiously into against the walls, people, and winter atmosphere of The Parish. As the percussion appeared to be synchronized with the grade-A lighting at The Parish, people stood wide-eyed and cheered.
Another crowd favorite performed was introduced by Yukimi Nagano as a track that will be featured on their new album, Ritual Union. “We’ll see how long this song will be,” Nagano laughed. “We usually play it by ear and have fun with it.” The new track, “Summer Tears”, lasted a decent amount of time and is definitely a soul-freeing, righteous track.
The show focused primarily on their latest album, Machine Dreams, and new tracks that will be featured in their upcoming album, Ritual Union. However, Little Dragon also performed a couple of songs from their first album, Little Dragon. During “Forever”, Little Dragon’s grace and calm presence radiated as the repetitive percussion and vocals hypnotized the crowd as we were all taken back to the album that birthed the essence of Little Dragon.
Little Dragon also performed a crowd favorite, “Runabout”, that featured playful lyrics and fun electronic instruments. Though, hardly anyone truly desired to venture into the reality of life– Monday morning and ugly skies– the band procreated an evening that carried the essence of poppy, yet dark; Little Dragon sounded as just that– an incredible concert on a cold, wet night.