Posts Tagged ‘London Grammar’

November 15, 2017

It was a long wait, but London Grammar’s sophomore album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing finally arrived this year, and the English trio once again took our collective breaths away with their operatic dream pop and orchestral trip hop, lead by Hannah Reid’s pure and flawless voice. Standout album cut Hell To The Liars gets turned a completely different direction as North London house and garage duo Gorgon City transforms it into a deep pounding, dark pumping club jam. It’s a glorious remix whose rumbling bass and propulsive booming beats are a stark thrilling contrast to Hannah’s high flying, aerial diving voice. 

September 13, 2017

I’m interrupting our “regular programming” to share this fabulous new cover of Prince’s Purple Rain by London Grammar. My eye happened to catch it on my socials in the midst of this set of write ups and I had to stop everything to watch the UK trio deliver their mesmeric interpretation of the classic for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Needless to say, it’s an immaculate cover, on which Hannah Reid’s pristine voice is a golden highlight. 

July 19, 2017

No one does trip hop quite like London Grammar. The English trio has been one of my favorite bands for the past few years, as well as one of my favorite live acts. There’s a pristine beauty to their music, elevated to astounding heights by Hannah Reid’s impeccable vocals. Earlier this summer, the band released their sophomore album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, a stunning follow up to 2013 debut If You Wait. Though my love for If You Wait is hard to top, I’ve found myself listening to Truth Is A Beautiful Thing on repeat these past few weeks, gripped by its array of flawless arias and Hannah’s exceptional singing. London Grammar offers up a taste of Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in Non Believer, one of the more traditional trip hop and electronica leaning tracks off the album. Perhaps its the cinematic sprawling style of their consummate music, or maybe it’s that pure and unblemished voice, but there’s always been a stark honesty, if not a certain kind of integrity, that endows London Grammar’s deep cutting, clarion ringing music. The new album’s title (also the gorgeous final track off the album) never felt more true. Truth Is A Beautiful Thing is available from iTunes, here.

July 4, 2017

I’m a bit peeved that I still haven’t received my copy of London Grammar’s latest album, and I’ve reached out to Amazon to inquire about the situation, but at least the UK trio’s new Oh Woman Oh Man remix EP is here to bring me an abundance of sonic bliss. The four track release can be streamed in full on Soundcloud, here. Aside from stacked remixes by Tiga, MK, and DC Breaks, the EP closes with this gorgeous remix by Brooklyn based producer Chrome Sparks, who blew me away when I caught him at SXSW earlier this year. Jeremy Malvin’s rendition of Oh Woman Oh Man is a glistening, rippling pool of sublime synthcore and ambient electronica. It’s a journey into the subconscious, an expansive and profound experience guided by Hannah Reid’s pristine voice. You can purchase London Grammar’s new album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing from their official store, here, or from iTunes, here. Heck, you might receive it before I do. I give you permission to gloat. 

April 21, 2017

This Friday continues to be a phenomenal new music day as London Grammar unveils a new taste from their sophomore album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, which I’m so excited for I can’t even begin to describe how giddy I am. Oh Woman Oh Man is an evocative beauty. Hannah Reid’s flawless voice is a focal point, per usual, but Oh Woman Oh Man’s gentle trip hop and ethereal soaring production on the song are requisite partners in this intoxicating spree. Pre-order London Grammar’s album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, here, ahead of its June 9th release via Ministry of Sound / Metal & Dust. 

March 26, 2017

I’m always game for London Grammar’s crisp and clarion beauty, turned in ever so exquisitely on new song Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. Shivers run all across my skin as Hannah Reid’s pristine voice and the song’s tender keys waft gently and gracefully through my ears. Truth Is A Beautiful Thing is a hushed lullaby and a rueful elegy. Despite its austerity, the song can move mountains with its emotive force. Don’t be surprised if your eyes mist up when you listen to this song, as mine did. Truth Is A Beautiful Thing arises as the title track from London Grammar’s long awaited sophomore album, due out June 9th. Pre-order from iTunes, here, or from the official store, here

February 23, 2017

Though I’m infinitely glad that London Grammar is back with new music this year, songs off of 2013 debut album If You Wait will forever hold a special place in my heart. Hey Now, in particular is extra special. After all, it was the British trio’s debut, and the moment it surfaced over four long years ago, I knew we had stumbled upon something magical and pure. Today, we’re afforded a Hey Now revisit of sorts as a mysterious 16 year old producer who goes by the name calfana dreams offers up a chill dreamy remix of the song. Hey Now takes on an other worldly, ethereal gliding ambiance on this meditative downtempo edit. Hannah Reid’s immaculate vocals are front and center as they should be on this softly plinkering, gently strumming, and misty curling version of Hey Now. The gorgeous remix is a free download, here.

February 2, 2017

I’ve been so starved for new music from one of my favorite UK bands, London Grammar, that the arrival of immensely moving, immaculately delivered Rooting For You, as amazing as that song is, didn’t satiate my hunger completely. But to be fair, I don’t think I could ever get enough of Hannah Reid’s flawless voice and this Nottingham trio’s exquisite brand of music that fuses classical elements with trip hop and electronic pop. Today brings us Big Picture, what I’m hoping is a second taste from a long awaited sophomore album. This understated gem was produced by none other than great British producer and musician Jon Hopkins. Big Picture is vast and expansive despite its delicate and meticulous tempo. It’s a sweeping, rousing aria whose music video complements its boundless and unrestrained beauty. As always, the shining star at center stage is Hannah’s remarkable voice. Big Picture is out now on iTunes.

January 2, 2017

It’s only the second day of 2017, yet music wise, I’m not sure if we could be off to a better start. Not only did The xx gift us with a fresh new single from their forthcoming album, but London Grammar has finally revealed brand new material, too. It’s been a long wait for this massive fan of the British trio (I still recall the day we first posted their debut single Hey Now a lifetime ago, do you?), but the moving grandeur and swooping beauty that is London Grammar is back. Rooting For You is a stunning showcase of a voice we already know is spectacular. In fact, Hannah Reid goes acapella during the first half of this video version of the song, giving us a starkly arresting performance through and through. Is there any voice as pure and immaculate as Hannah’s? Rooting For You is an operatic high dive through eternity before lights illuminate the stage and Hannah is enveloped by the rich strings of an orchestra. Rooting For You is London Grammar’s first piece of new music since 2013. Aside from this stunning video version of Rooting For You, a radio friendly (and long time listeners friendly) rendering of the song which may sound can be streamed on Spotify or previewed on Soundcloud. The world stand perfectly stills whenever I lose myself in this gorgeous song. I’m left hopeful for plenteous more new London Grammar as the new year progresses, and perhaps the announcement of a sophomore album and US tour soon after.

May 18, 2016

I’ve literally been hungering for new London Grammar for what feels like an eternity. The British trio serenaded their way into my heart with their blend of dream pop, chill electronica, and trip hop when they first appeared several years ago, and they’ve carved themselves a snug cozy home there. As we try to be patient awaiting new music and hopefully, a second album, we get an unexpected treat in the form of a new remix of Hey Now by German based producer FINAL DJS. Hey Now goes chill atmospheric on this gorgeous edit, a soothing and luxuriant, ethereally gliding gem. Snag the beauty, here.