Review Summary: We argue, we don't fight
I can still recall with startling clarity the first time my ears were treated to the soulful sounds of up and coming electro-pop trio, London Grammar. It was on a long and tiresome midnight drive home from work when debut single 'Hey Now' began playing over the radio and the incredibly powerful, haunting voice of Hannah Reid roused me from thoughts of sleep, commanding my undivided attention. In that instant, I knew, that in the minutes that ensued I would be treated to something very special.
Following the enormous success and attention generated by the lead single, newfound fans soon turned to wondering what would come next from the band, and more importantly, if it could actually live up to the potential that 'Hey Now' displayed. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long to find out.
The band have now dropped their debut EP, 'Metal & Dust' and although it may not be the full length that fans were hoping for, it more than makes up for it in sheer quality. It appears that the trio are well aware that their biggest strength lies in Hannah's vocal talent and as a result, it has been intelligently utilised to its full potential by combining it with excellent songwriting and impeccable production. Each of the three tracks - whilst individual and unique in their own right - follow a fairly similar formula of sparse chords and atmospheric keys, with Hannah's vocals soaring and echoing over the top, grabbing at your attention and refusing to let go until you've heard every word she has to say. Which is fine, because frankly, I could listen to her all day long.