London Grammar – If You Wait (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 66:04 minutes | 716 MB
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Genre: Indie Pop / Electronic / Female Vocal
Debut album by the British electronic music trio. Featuring ‘Hey Now’, the track that the band released onto the internet in 2012, ‘If You Wait’ debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #2.
It’s no understatement that London Grammar’s forthcoming album is one of the most highly anticipated debuts this year. Confirmed for release on September 9, the album is a result of 18 painstaking months spent writing and recording. Each of the 11 tracks is testament to the trio’s innate understanding of the roles that subtlety, contrast and restraint have played in the creation of memorable, timeless and transcendent music. “That’s how this all started,” says Dan, “and it’s always been our primary goal, to keep space in the music. The way that, say, the guitar and vocal interact is massively important to us.” Heavily involved in every decision made on the album, the band handpicked their team, working closely with producers Tim Bran (The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, La Roux) and Roy Kerr AKA The Freelance Hellraiser. Drafting in Roc Nation’s KD (Outkast, Beyoncé, Jay-Z) to mix the album, with Grammy-winning Tom Coyne (Adele’s 21), joining them to master. Tracks like If You Wait and Flickers possess that strange duality of lament and defiance, filled with textures, colours, shadings and interjections that are subtle yet deliver devastating power. The next single, Strong, out on September 1 is the final, killer blow. Building – as you would expect from London Grammar – from nothing, from the barest of bones, Hannah’s soaring vocals propels the song to its crashing climax. More than delivering on their promise, London Grammar’s electrifying debut solidifies them as being one of the most exciting and innovative bands to emerge in 2013.
English trio London Grammar have quietly amassed a body of atmospheric, electronic pop material since they first posted “Metal & Dust” on the internet in 2012. Partnered with an appearance on Disclosure’s Mercury-nominated album Settle, the Nottingham University alumni had set the internet hype machine in motion, less than a year after forming. With obvious nods to the unfussy, reverbed guitar motifs of The xx, alongside Hannah Reid’s beautiful, emotive vocal ability — which rises and falls with an alarmingly disarming effect — the album is a practice in refrain, where each song is pushed to the brink of an inevitable climax and achingly, no further. The percussive production, synths, and basslines provided by multi-instrumentalist Dot Major, build on this sense of drama and urgency and are displayed perfectly in one of the highlights of the record, “Wasting My Young Years.” Its throbbing chorus is chastened by the slow-burning synths and guitars that come together with stunning results when coupled with Reid’s vocal delivery. The obvious confidence Reid has in her own voice belies the apparent vulnerability in the words she sings throughout, and the piano ballad “Strong” is testament to the loneliness and heartbreak that encapsulates the brooding feel of the album, which conflicts with the almost upbeat, danceable moments scattered amongst “Flickers” and “Stay Awake.” They pay homage to their electronic influences mid-album with a rework of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” that unfolds gently into one of the most boisterous cuts on the record. It’s no surprise that Reid’s strong vocals are at the forefront of London Grammar’s sound, and her voice dominates their music in much the same way as Florence Welch’s does in Florence + the Machine. However, although at times they come close to overshadowing the subtle instrumentation provided by Major and Dan Rothman, it’s actually the intrinsic balance between the contributions of all three that defines their sound.
01 – Hey Now
02 – Stay Awake
03 – Shyer
04 – Wasting My Young Years
05 – Sights
06 – Strong
07 – Nightcall
08 – Metal & Dust
09 – Interlude (Live)
10 – Flickers
11 – If You Wait
12 – Help
13 – Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me
14 – Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. Disclosure)
15 – High Life
16 – Maybe
17 – When We Were Young