London Grammar 'If You Wait' Album Review

 

Friday 13th September 2013
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A trio set to take their music scene by storm; Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major only formed as London Grammar three years ago, having already made their mark in the music industry. Performing at most major festivals already this year including Dot to Dot Festival, the band show an impressive display of talent. The three have been hyped as similar to bands such as The xx and Florence + the Machine, however, it is clear to see that London Grammar have something additionally unique. The classical element to their music is a breath of fresh air; a combination of delicate guitar riffs and the depths of Hannah’s voice send shivers across your skin. London Grammar’s music possesses a kind of maturity, with careful consideration and structure that demonstrate a rare display of skill and a spark of genius.

Debut album 'If You Wait' has been a huge hit unpon its release on 9th September 2013, this week reading No 2 in the UK album charts. The album shows a sense of sincerity and grounding throughout, and it is clear that the band are intelligent and committed in their music production. The soft undertones of a piano drag out underneath the neat guitar riffs from Dan Rothman in ‘Hey Now,’ with Hannah’s voice rising to the music.

Hey Now

Below is the acoustic version of ‘Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me,’ performed in the Acoustic Sessions at Glastonbury earlier this year. The band’s stripped down representation is all that is needed to supplement the powerful vocals.

Having been signed at an early stage by Ministry of Sound Recordings, there can only be good things to come from these three.

The newly released track ‘Strong’ has an incredible music video featuring a father putting on the most crazy firework display for his daughter.

The group has also included ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ on a deluxe version of their album. A track they collaborated on with Disclosure for their debut album – Settle.

London Grammar have certainly been busy on the festival scene this year appearing at most major festivals in the UK. As well as Dot to Dot, summer 2013 has seen them perform at Bestival, Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury. Packing out the festival tents all summer, the trio have certainly proved their popularity. 

The full album is now available to download on Itunes 

You can catch London Grammar on their tour across the UK in October:

16/10 – Brighton, Concorde 2

18/10 – London, Electric Brixton

19/10 – Oxford, Gathering Festival

20/10 – Bristol, Anson Rooms

22/10 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

23/10 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

24/10 – Leeds, The Cockpit

26/10 – Manchester, Sound Control

27/10 – Glasgow, Oran Mor

28/10 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumbria SU 

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