Ethereal vocals tackle Kavinsky
With a bold but calming presence, London Grammar is making their mark on America. Hannah Reid’s vocals are simply ethereal and will make you think you’re in a dream. The group’s haunting cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” (Track 7) mixes melodic vocals with elegant piano stylings that seem to come straight out of a sonata. Other songs, such as Shyer (Track 3), provide sharp singing with sparse electronic elements. I love this album because the singing is so beautiful and the electronic characteristic so well thought-out that you never notice the juxtaposition of the two styles. A majority of the album is fit for a snowy evening or pensive late night walk and these tracks would best-suit a subdued set. BUT DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM PLAYING IT. Do it do it do it!
RIYL: Lorde, Sam Smith, synth pop
REC: #7, #1, #4, #8
Reviewed by Katie Barrett on 11/15/13