A REVIEW OF…LONDON GRAMMAR -BIG PICTURE

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LONDON GRAMMAR

BEN BOWMAN

Nottingham trio LONDON GRAMMAR have released their dreamy new single Big Picture.

London Grammar emerged in 2013 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, If You Wait, and quickly went on to becoming one of the most exciting international breakthrough acts of recent times, selling over 1.5 million albums worldwide, winning a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for their hit single Strong and being nominated for a BRIT Award.

Hannah Reid’s distinctive, brooding yet charming vocals are extremely prominent in this track which provides a blissful soundscape capable of arousing the ear of anyone who comes across it.

The band returned on New Year’s Day after unexpectedly dropping track Rooting For you which was their first material since releasing debut album If you Wait back in 2013.

Atmospheric, bold and somewhat haunting – this track is a typically stunning reminder of what London Grammar are capable of. Although this release embodies connotations that are commonly associated with the bands previous work, Big Picture is no doubt a progression. Reid toys with the subject of heartache on this track, “Only you could have hurt me in this perfect way tonight” – which is a line so perfectly illustrated in her chilling, yet almost desperate vocals.

The video for this Big Picture is almost as stunning as the song in question as the band worked with renowned video director Sophie Muller who has worked with the likes of Coldplay and Beyoncé, to create a widescreen visual concept, vivid enough to reflect the track itself.

This release certainly foreshadows more success for London Grammar in 2017 as we eagerly await further material, which is hopefully not too far across the horizon.

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