DC REDUX UPDATE: The lightly chilled bedroom electro-pop of much-buzzed trio London Grammar is heavy on the spacious atmospherics and moody trip-hop beats, creating a relatively open stage for Hannah Reid's rich, haunting and spotlight-grabbing vocals. Debut full length If You Wait (September 9, Columbia) follows up their June Metal and Dust EP with tracks like the the ethereal new single "Strong" that throb with a gentle, almost symphonic pulse and recalling the lush, plugged-in melodies of Zero 7. Knob twiddlers and compu-keyboardists Dot Major and Dan Rothman lay down the digitally textured soundscapes with no small amount of skill and restraint, but the progressive art/pop proceedings would come across as a generically mellow rehash without the stunning instrument that is Hannah Reid's voice. Watch the "Wasting My Young Years" video and stream "Metal and Dust" when you click through below.
London Grammar - "Strong" (from If You Wait)
London Grammar - "Wasting My Young Years" (from If You Wait)
UK-based trio London Grammar - Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman - offers people to listen to their debut album If You Wait a week in advance, you can go HERE to stream it via their website. If You Wait will be available digitally in the US on September 10 via Columbia Records. The album features 11 tracks (see tracklisting below) including the recently released Strong, which is gaining strong radio support in the UK and lighting up the blogosphere. Pitchfork praised the song, noting “Reid’s voice washes over you, clean and perfectly,” while London’s Sunday Times commended its “killer melodies magicked into greatness by Reid’s soulful, yearning vocals.”
The album is a result of 18 painstaking months spent writing and recording. Heavily involved in every decision made on If You Wait, the band handpicked their team, co-producing the album with Tim Bran (The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, La Roux) and Roy Kerr AKA The Freelance Hellraiser. Roc Nation’s KD (Outkast, Beyoncé, Jay-Z) was drafted to mix the album, with Grammy-winning Tom Coyne (Adele’s 21) joining them to master.
London Grammar will spend the summer touring internationally before heading to the US and Canada for a number of dates in September and October. Kicking off September 25 at Los Angeles’ Troubadour, the tour will see London Grammar crossing North America with stops in cities including San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and New York before ending in Boston on October 10 (see full itinerary below). Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, August 9. For additional information on the tour please visit http://www.londongrammar.com/live .
Since introducing itself with near anonymous posts of two songs (Hey Now and Metal & Dust) late last year, London Grammar quickly captured the interest and, more importantly, the imagination of music fans across the UK and beyond. The tracks catapulted the band straight into the spotlight, with music critics and fans eager to see what they did next. The trio released the acclaimed Metal & Dust EP in June, sold out two London dates, played with The xx at their Night + Day festival and secured slots at nearly all of the UK’s major summer festivals - including Glastonbury, Bestival and Festival Number 6 - before confirming their own UK headline tour set for this October, which has already sold out the first London date with a second now announced.
London Grammar is Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman.