My computer at work doesn’t have my iTunes library and I’m not about to start creating one. So I resort to YouTube regularly throughout the day to, well basically, get through the day. Listening to artists like BANKS, Phantogram, and Austra, I was getting the recommendation to check out London Grammar. After listening to as many songs as I could, it’s crystal clear that London Grammar has their shit together. A young trio from England, Dominic Major, Dan Rothman and lead singer Hannah Reid are making absolutely mesmerizing music. The ambiance, trippy beats, and touches of both keys and strings compliment the haunting vocals of Reid perfectly. This combination will force you to go to an emotional place, which doesn’t happen too much with new music anymore. I embrace and respect this. London Grammar has also won some major points for me, simply for covering All Saints “Pure Shores” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” – both of which are questionably better than the originals.
I listen to strong female artists such as Florence Welch and Katie Stelmanis of Austra, but there is something different about Hannah Reid and London Grammar. I don’t know if her youth and perspective is what draws me in, but I find it beautiful because every song I’ve heard hasn’t escaped me. I especially love the tracks “Wasting My Young Years” and “Nightcall” off their debut album If You Wait. The title track may give you chills, as it’s simply just piano and Reid’s powerful vocals with a light layer of strings. If this is at all intriguing to you, then my suggestion is to go into a deep YouTube hole listening to London Grammar and watching their videos. For only $7.99 on iTunes you can purchase If You Wait, and for just $4.99 you can snatch their EP Metal & Dust. On April 7th, the band will be performing at the Phoenix in Toronto, so if you’re around and you like what you hear, make sure to check this show out.
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