Already internationally heralded UK trio London Grammar may be widely regarded as the natural successors to the malleable, if minimal sentimental mantle forged by The xx some while ago, though they’re in danger of leaving themselves a little overexposed in the buildup to the release of their début full-length, If You Wait. Somewhat ironically, it’s a release many have been awaiting rather impatiently these past six months or so, although that said we’ve in fact already been treated to much of it: in light of the below, five of the eleven songs slated to comprise the record’s finalised tracklisting are readily available via the band’s SoundCloud, with little thus left to the imagination. Nonetheless Interlude, arguably their strongest studio recording to date and a (relatively) longstanding live fave, is a revelation worthy of further rapture, elegiac keys floating elegantly about Hannah Reid’s equivalently plaintive pact. “I’ll dream of you/ You’ll dream of me too” she coos as though passing from this life to the next in a shushing gust of spectral dexterity that’s quietly impactive as it is impassioned. Another frightfully cohesive piece for some so young, if they’re able to maintain anywhere close to this level of affection over those eleven songs aforesaid then we’re in for a terrific, and potentially even transcendent collection.
If You Wait is anticipated September 9th on Metal & Dust Recordings.