Little Dragon working on “more soulful” new album for Spring 2011

“It’s been amazing being with the Gorillaz — just playing at so many just huge arena shows is definitely not what we’re used to… but we’re excited to be with our own band again,” Little Dragon front-woman Yukimi Nagano tells Billboard, having just spent weeks touring worldwide with The Gorillaz in support of recent release Plastic Beach, on which the Swedish group feature twice [“Empire Ants” and “To Binge”].

Following up on their self-titled debut and 2009 release Machine Dreams, the group are currently wrapping up their third album – promising “more soulful” material [according to their bassist Fredrik Wallin].

Tentatively planned for release in Spring 2011, the new LP is yet to be titled.

“The [new] songs will be more soulful,” explains Wallin of the new set, which the group hopes to release in the spring. Like their previous albums, the still-untitled release was recorded and produced by the band in their home studio in Gothenburg.

On Jan. 6, Little Dragon will kick off a 24-date headlining trek across North America in San Jose, Ca. To help prepare for their solo tour, Little Dragon has been collecting tips from their Gorillaz tour mates and fellow collaborators. “We shared the bus with Bobby Womack,” Nagano says, “and [it was] a learning experience because we just absorbed so many words of wisdom.” Billboard

Photo by Tamar Nussbacher.