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This evening (2nd July), the leading single from the forthcoming debut album from London indie pop trio London Grammar was premiered by Zane Lowe as the ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on his BBC Radio 1 show, and was later posted on the band’s Soundcloud page.
The song retains the emotive background of echo-laden guitars, and Hannah Reid’s deep, emotively hyperbolic vocals from the band’s Metal & Dust EP, which was released in February. Reid’s repetition of the same basic sentence structure, following along the lines of “excuse me for a while / while I’m wide-eyed and so damn caught in the middle”, with slight lyrical variation, which perfectly compliment the vocalist’s weighty, emotionally rich voice.
‘Strong’, however does fail to surpass the sublime emotional impact of ‘Wasting My Young Years’, in which Hannah Reid muses, in her soaring vocals “Baby / We are / We are / Baby I’m wasting my young years”.
London Grammar remind of whispers of Patti Smith, Florence + The Machine and Bat For Lashes, whilst retaining an individualism in their delivery of introspective, emotionally-charged music.
Listen to ‘Strong’, as well as tracks from Metal & Dust below via Soundcloud.