[GUEST POST] London Grammar: Metal and Dust
Hello! I'm Charlie, British as they come, avid fan of Willow Wood Music and about to launch into my first ever blog post on a band who I firmly believe is one of the best bands to come out of the UK in the last year (bold statement, I know...)
London Grammar are an English art rock band made up of vocalist Hannah Reid, bass guitarist Dan Rothman and multi-instrumentalist Dot Major, who regularly wields anything from a keyboard to djembe in recordings. Reid and Rothman met in their first year at Nottingham University in 2009 (Major joined them later on) and have been composing music ever since, yet they only released their debut single ‘Hey Now’ in December 2012.
The ethereal song, written by Reid herself, could not have had more of an impact. Within months, the track had been downloaded more than 700,000 times, and even more success followed with the release of their debut EP, Metal and Dust. The band have signed a deal with Warner/Chappell UK, played Glastonbury this summer, recorded live sessions on BBC Radio, and are set to release their debut album, 'If You Wait' on 9 September 2013 (you can pre-order it on iTunes).
To get to the crux of why they deserve such recognition, their musical style is not only unique, but evokes an incredible weight of nostalgia and contemplative wistfulness. Described as “a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds”, London Grammar’s honest and open tracks will have you reflecting and pondering about times past and forgotten. Hannah Reid’s brooding and soaring vocals take you on a journey through her emotional self-written lyrics, which are accompanied by melancholic and haunting guitar. Their songs are so catchy that you will find yourself putting them on repeat again and again, just to be transported time and time again through the beauty of their sound.
They are due to hit the shores of sunny California this September, and will be touring across US and Canada until October 2013. Tour dates can be found here and you can listen to their tracks via their Soundcloud or Youtube accounts.
One last track to keep you going, here is their new track ‘Strong’ taken off their debut album, ‘If You Wait’.
Exciting times ahead, I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did!
That’s all for now, ta ta!
[Many thanks to our dear friend and WW editor, Charlie Morgan for creating this guest post for us. We would love to acknowledge and thank Charlie for all of her work and support throughout this Willow Wood process. Miss Morgan has been our rock throughout the establishment of WW and we can honestly not wait to keep working with her.]