“Blinking Pigs” (MP3)

    Something that bands do semi-frequently is let three pretty good tracks from their upcoming full-length trickle out to the media, and then go on to release an album that didn’t live up to those tracks’ promise. That being said, the pretty excellent “Feather,” “Swimming,” and “Blinking Pigs” leaked by Little Dragon thus far are surely enough to create an appetite for their upcoming release, Machine Dreams. It’s easy to say without any hyperbole that Little Dragon’s airy, playfully melodic pop, filled up with vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s sanguine hesitations, doesn’t really sound like any of the other material making waves in independent pop right now. [The Fader]