London Grammar, an enigmatic trio based out of the UK, are undeniably blessed to have a lead vocalist like Hannah Reid. Her voice — cut from the same cloth of Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan and Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand — has a timeless, tranquil quality that immediately silences everything around it. It’s a special kind of captivating reverence that is shockingly adaptable.
London Grammar hasn’t been around long, releasing only a small handful of songs since, what, December? But each of their singles has been better than the last, building on an expansive, wide-eyed brand of pop which evokes slow-moving images of young people falling in and out of love. The latest single, “Strong” is such a song. It isn’t driving like the previous entry, “Wasting My Young Years,” and it’s far from being the dance floor filler that was their collaboration with Disclosure, or being the post dubstep-tinged jam that was “Metal & Dust.” “Strong” is most like the trio’s stunning debut single, “Hey Now.” Reid‘s vocal performance sounds more arresting than ever here, and it glides across the song’s delicately layered canvas.
This fourth single of theirs is off of their debut album, which should be out sometime this year. At this point this album is shaping up to be one of the most fully-formed debuts since the xx blindsided just about everyone.