Who says in the song of London Grammar passing not much, proves them so no disservice. On the contrary: If you with it Hannah Reid, Dot major and Dan Rothman maintains, it soon becomes clear that they would so well understood as a compliment, because what the three treasures of music especially, are space, understated and even silence, if a certain song needs it now. This approach - "actually have to do it 'obsession' call ', corrected Hannah - Led to a debut album whose emotional impact beyond the musical content of the songs.
The result of the 18 busy months of writing and recording eleven tracks that bear witness to its own special understanding of the trio that subtlety, contrast and restraint have always played an important role in the development of great music. "So it all started," says Dan, "And it was always our first goal, let the music room. The way such as guitar and vocals interact, is extremely important to us."
This interaction could be heard for the first time last December, when the trio the title "Hey Now" online presented. A brooding, captivating song of the intention London Grammar as a kind of motto summarizes: dans restrained, minimal guitar playing and Dots tender piano tones and untermalende percussion are targeted sound bombs, although always on the verge of explosion, but never detonated and so maintain tension. The acoustic architecture is fully at the service of the song - and singing.
So let's talk about this song: Perhaps the most endearing of Hannah is that it seems to be totally unaware of what an extraordinary singer she is. Crystal-clear and yet full of vibrato, trusting yet clarified, imperious, yet vulnerable Translated Hannahs Voice the sound patterns that creates the band in the studio, in pure emotional reality. To put it in Dots express words: "I know that this word is often misused, but I think that Hannah's voice is truly unique."
Published in February EP "Metal Dust " followed "Hey Now" hot on the heels, pierced with a knife even deeper into the wound and reinforced the impression that here is a band matured, to tell something new and convincing and simultaneously had the courage to do so as efficiently as possible.
At the latest release of the single "Wasting My Young Years" there was no doubt about the importance of London Grammar. Overwhelming precisely in words and music, the song leaves rather fall than to shout the listener's face hints. The gloomy, sad old soul of the title all the captures, making the less-is-more philosophy of music this band so captivating. The enthusiasm was already huge Shortly after the release, and people began to talk about the band and whisper at concerts: "Have the new song by London Grammar Have you heard? "and you became aware gradually that you witnessed those exciting moment before a band through the startup procedure.
Hannah, Dot and Dan met at the university know and became friends through the joy of music - or rather, by the urge to make music to have. Meanwhile teasing and bickering they like all old friends and how Dan puts it, "not quarrel with hands and feet over just one thing, namely, what is the best for the songs. But in order to achieve perfection. In this case must not grope you. We truly believe that beauty in imperfection is. "
One should by this remark but not get the impression that they would not do their job seriously. On the contrary: They are perfectionists at all costs, sometimes even to the frustration. Not infrequently - and acknowledges each one of them - even to the frustration of their label Ministry of Sound, the London Grammar briefly took after their departure from the University of Nottingham under contract and now her own label Metal Dust Recordings home.
"We were incredibly lucky that we discovered at this time," said Dan. "If we had signed somewhere else, it would have quite different can run. But they wanted to encourage us, and that was exactly what we needed. Many young bands do not have this time. You have made it very clear how things should run . They wanted us to do it, but also that we start from scratch. " The band members exchange glances. "Okay," adds Dan with an added grin, "I'm pretty sure they thought that the slightly faster vonstattengehen would."
The three, however, can not rush, as everyone knows who has ever worked with them. In the album production they brought in any area with a, however, presented itself at some point realize that it was time to quit the tinkering and improvement. "If something is not perfect voices, then it stings for us just getting out," said Dot. "We are quite quick to agree to delete something, but if something new is to come, there are more times armed."
"From three us I'm probably the one who says best: 'It's okay the way it is'," says Dan. "While working on the album we walked at a point risk to pack too much on the tracks and fOr room to lose our sense. We then tried, as much to Extinguish as we could."
"If it were up to me," adds Hannah with a wry smile added, "we would probably still be in the studio. I'm in this relationship a nightmare. This year we have written some new songs when we were in the studio, in order to learn those playing live, we already had. But Dan has thwarted us. he always does. "
Your gang member sees it quite differently. "They throw me constantly before," he says with mock indignation, "because I'm something like the business head of the band. But there were times during the writing and recording, where I just felt that it was time to publish something. I had the feeling that we missed our moment when we "Hey Now" not bring out. "
they certainly have not missed your moment. He is there right now. The album is - finally - finished, and the new title as "If You Wait" and "Flickers" wearing an unusual duality in itself. They complain defiantly, may be that beauty cold simultaneously and yet suffused with warmth and hold extraordinary textures, colors, shades and nuances that are barely noticeable, but develop an overwhelming force.
Their next single, "Strong", finally brings out for the final strike. As you would expect from London Grammar Unsurprisingly, it builds up from nothing, from a mere skeleton, on until Hannahs wonderful song lifts the song to its climax. It's one of those songs where you caught out at the end with the thought that very little has happened, but everything has changed. "The longer we as a band are together," says Hannah, "The more we are agreed that we want to do and why. At the end we find but its place and noted that the music has found its place. You just know it."
She's right: They have found their place. And now it's our turn.
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