Video: Siaira Shawn – “Twice” (Little Dragon Cover)

 

Fresh off her Sade cover for “Cherish The Day,” our girl Siaira Shawn has a new favorite she’s decided to cover. The chilling Little Dragon song “Twice” gets the Siaira Shawn a cappella treatment with an equally haunting video that draws everything still. Hope we’ll get to hear more beyond these snippets, too!

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Exclusive Interview: See Sza Blossom

 

by Andrea K. Castillo

Her voice is sweet and her lyrics are filled with emotion. Her music digs deeper than the surface, and is crafted with precision. Her name is Sza and she is here to share her music and herself to the world. Take a glimpse inside her mind in this interview with Giant Step contributor, Andrea K. Castillo.

I first became familiar with your EP through Giant Step and I immediately downloaded, and I listened, and listened, and thought, “Wow, this is really great! Let me learn more about this girl.” So I read all your press stuff and decided to do an interview, so here it is. We’re in the time of Sza. Your EP, See Sza Run, has been out for a few weeks now, tell me a little bit about the process, I know you worked with a bunch of different producers, how was that experience?

Sza: Super. A lot of these happened by chance. You’d be surprised at how any people don’t give you beats or don’t give you permission for anything, so I pretty much stole three-quarters of my project. Once they [the producers] heard it, they weren’t as angry with me. It was definitely interesting, I was like “That sounds good, MINE!”, and just ran with it.

So it’s seven tracks, and when listening it is very atmospheric and I can see what you are talking about. It’s a little dark, but I like that, and your lyrics are very refined. How long have you been writing?

Sza: That’s a really good question. I’ve been a writer, prior to singing or anything, for a very long time. That was my strong suit. Even in high school I was in AP English…writing is my thing. I’m a serious reader and heavily into poetry, so before I even opened my mouth and thought “Maybe I should try to translate this into something, it’s crowded in here”, I had to find a way to get these thoughts out of my brain.

You paint a picture with your words, and in regards to your visuals, I noticed across the board there are a lot of flowers; the album artwork, the music videos. Can you tell us more about your choice to use floral imagery in your work?

Sza: My mom was somewhat of a botanist, so gardening, plant life, that’s all her sh*t, and my dad was super into science. I went to school for science, so I love plant life and wild life. Knowing a lot about flowers and what they represent and the energy they bring…I use a lot of tiger lilies in my work because they used to grow in my backyard all the time; those are my favorite, they’re so pretty.

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Video: Little Dragon – “Ritual Union” (Live in Germany)

 

Love this crispy video of Little Dragon getting down live in a German studio to the title track from their most recent album, Ritual Union. Why does Yukimi have to be so incredibly mystical, though? Where do that face and voice come from?! Please excuse us while we go fawn-melt in a corner.

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Video: Little Dragon – “Sunshine”

 

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Little Dragon has a new tune out compliments of ABSOLUT Punch. The song is called “Sunshine” and features the dreamy Yukimi surrounded by mountains in an expanse of brush. Loving the attention to detail with the lighting and mood in the video. Breathtaking.

Below, catch a behind the scenes look at the making of the track along with some commentary from our favorite quirky Swedes. And after the jump, take a look at dates for Little Dragon on their US and European tour!

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Video: Little Dragon – Encore Sessions #4

 

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Hear two brand new songs by the ever so lovable Little Dragon. The first track is an original tune, “Sunshine” and the other is a dazzling Eurythmics cover for synth-pop jam “Here Comes The Rain Again.”

The video is brought further to life with an interview with the band on their upcoming work and some commentary on the tracks.

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