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London Grammar — Hey Now
Album: If You Wait
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Released: 2014
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Hey now, letters burning by my bed for you
Hey now, I can feel my instincts here for you, hey now
By my bed for you, hey now, hey now

Uhu, you know it is frightening
Uhu, uhu, you know it's like lightning
Hey now, now,

Hey now, letters burning by my bed for you
Hey now, leave it to the wayside like you do, for you
Imagination calling mirrors for you
Hey now, hey now

Uh, you know it is frightening
Uhu, uhu, you know it's like lightning
Hey now, now, hey now, now
Hey now, now,
Uhu, uhu, uhu, uhu
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they are absolutely addictive.  we played this album in the office non stop for like a year.
That deep bass just set my home on fire!   
 ench wrote:
The song has a rich quality, but it doesn't really feel like it goes anywhere.
 
Couldn't agree more. So much "indie rock" these days is four minutes of a song that never quite feels like it starts. Or it follows the same formula of "quiet start, builds slowly to a sing-along oo-oo-oo chorus that is meant to get a festival audience singing along."
Throw in an echo and it becomes a great song?  
thank you so much for playing my favorites
 ShortSharpShock wrote:
Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 
 

i LOVE PANCAKES AND CINNAMON BUNS
Not a zealous fan of this band, but the band's name is always kinda awesome. 
 westslope wrote:
What might have been a mediocre pop song is made special by Reid's voice.  
 
Probably, but I also like a lot the mood of the keyboard carpets, as well as guitars…
What might have been a mediocre pop song is made special by Reid's voice.  
Great tune, brings me to a place where all is well. Listen on some serious speakers and that bass sure rattles my ribcage like a passing 747 !! A solid 10 from me.
 fyonn wrote:

I appreciate that I'm 4 years late here, but you're unhappy at Apple using .m4a files? are you aware that m4a is an international standard ratified by the ISO? it's an audio only MPEG4 container with unencrypted audio inside that pretty much anything made in the last 15+ years can play...

I mean, there's reasons not to like Apple, but I'm not sure it's use of a common open standard is one of them...
 

Hater's got to hate!!
 ShortSharpShock wrote:
Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 
 
I appreciate that I'm 4 years late here, but you're unhappy at Apple using .m4a files? are you aware that m4a is an international standard ratified by the ISO? it's an audio only MPEG4 container with unencrypted audio inside that pretty much anything made in the last 15+ years can play...

I mean, there's reasons not to like Apple, but I'm not sure it's use of a common open standard is one of them...
Moving, rhythmic, intense.
 thewiseking wrote:
 ShortSharpShock wrote:
Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 

this rant is longer than The Gettysburg Address.i have no idea what inspired it

Just saw this post  ↑ ↑ and had a good chuckle... This is actually kinda short for me, but to answer, I was inspired by H.R.'s amazing voice.
 
 


9 -> 10... but only cos Bill said no 11
From Jools Holland show in the uk....

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8>9
 DrLex wrote:
This just effortlessly grinds all the auto-tuned posers to a pulp. And then spits on it.


True but isn't her basso voice a bit "contrived"
missed em in Brooklyn last week. damn.
This just effortlessly grinds all the auto-tuned posers to a pulp. And then spits on it.
Sid1950 must've caught them in a surprise pop up performance. Their own website and Facebook page make no mention of any concert appearance thus far for 2016. They recently posted that they are playing a festival in Oz at the end of the year carrying over into January but aside from that one cannot find a single peep of fresh news about the band online anywhere.
 Skydog wrote:
looks like they haven't released anything since 2014, are they still together?

 
Seem to be touring all the time. They did a wonderful live version of this in the BBC's presentation tent at Glastonbury this year. I bought their album If You Wait back in 2013 and still listen to it regularly.
Gorgeous voice  -  "Leave to the wayside like you do, fuuu - uck you."  that's what I hear too     : P
looks like they haven't released anything since 2014, are they still together?
 gjeeg wrote:
Soul-slaying voice. ("Leave to the wayside like you do, fuck you.")

To marry her.

 
Get in line gleeg, ColoradoJohn and I are going to marry her before you!
This gal — her songs — her voice! really does hook me well. Such passion, such perfection! without the effects of over-reaching for it...
 ShortSharpShock wrote:
Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 

this rant is longer than The Gettysburg Address.i have no idea what inspired it


Outstanding artist
I think she's heard Annie Lenox alright.
 sukhramkaur wrote:
Can´t help myself, always thinking of Florence when I hear her. It´s great, I´m lovin´it.{#Music}

 
Pardon my french, but Florence is a salty, sweaty, ball-sack compared to this... (not that I know, but scent is a major indicator of taste...) This woman sings with emotion... I don't know if she's experienced heartbreak, but this is a unpretentious (atleast significantly less than Florence) representation of it, which is a lot more than I can say about a lot of Florence's repertoire... Though, I think maybe I heard something of hers once that didn't make me retch... 

edit: Rabbit heart is alright... (reluctantly)
Soul-slaying voice. ("Leave to the wayside like you do, fuck you.")

To marry her.
Can´t help myself, always thinking of Florence when I hear her. It´s great, I´m lovin´it.{#Music}
love her voice{#Cheers}
 calle01 wrote:
Another Cliche. Awful!

 
Compared too what?!? And what was awful....?
I love Strong but can take or leave the other tracks. it seems fashionable to like London Grammar at the moment so I almost feel I have to disagree on principle. 
I watched them on the goggle box as they played Glastonbury John Peel Stage last night. . . I promptly bought the album and will be listening to it later. 

You know those rare times when, hearing a band/song the first time and it sends shivers down your spine and gives you that feeling of being in a sublime place?. . . 
 badgerbrown wrote:
I have not been to a gig for years either. However, my daughter raved about them and got me listening to their music. I just love Hannah Reid's voice (and she is easy on the eye!). Ahem, so, for my daughter's birthday, I managed to buy (very expensive) tickets to see them in June at the Brixton Academy! She will be blown away and I get serious brownie points!! Really looking forward to it!

 
With Hannah Reid in front of you, I expect that you'll get more than brownie points... ;-)

This lot won a prestigious UK award very recently, so plainly they're rated in the music industry. They certainly appeal to these ears. 8 from the entranced Nottingham jury
 ShortSharpShock wrote:
Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 

 


So, these kids sound like a cinnamon bun or pancakes? Uh...ok. As for "pitch-perfect control", you have heard of a thing called Auto-Tune, right? They use it in studios to make vocals sound in-key. They may or may not have used it on this, just saying.


Nice bottom end on this tune anyway.
Just popped in for a late night listen, loving these guys.....
 gjeeg wrote:
jesus, the infinite universe of ridiculously great music no one has ever heard!
Why doesn't the State require RP to be played in all U.S. Malls and workplaces, at all times?
State Order.

 
Great idea!
10, next

 
{#Clap}
 zepher wrote:

omg.
Can I start my life all over and be in HER BAND ???
Wow what a voice!



 


jesus, the infinite universe of ridiculously great music no one has ever heard!
Why doesn't the State require RP to be played in all U.S. Malls and workplaces, at all times?
State Order.
Love this band, love this song, but... it always makes me think of Hank Kingsly...
 
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

{#Wave} ...... enjoy, they are absolutely amazing live
 
You saw her live?  I hate you.  LOL
Absolutely fantastic
Wow what a voice!


 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

{#Wave} ...... enjoy, they are absolutely amazing live
 
Still kicking myself for missing these guys when they recently came thru at a smaller venue.  Next time they'll no doubt be doing the arena thing, which just isn't as nice, IMO.
 calypsus_1 wrote:
Hannah Reid (London Grammar)
Hannah Reid (London Grammar)





 
..... great song, amazing album and God, she looks amazing.   It's a BIB fat 10
Hey this is great!
Wow - kinda blown away by this trio.  I immediately purchased this album on MP3.  So far - every song is stellar. 
 badgerbrown wrote:
I have not been to a gig for years either. However, my daughter raved about them and got me listening to their music. I just love Hannah Reid's voice (and she is easy on the eye!). Ahem, so, for my daughter's birthday, I managed to buy (very expensive) tickets to see them in June at the Brixton Academy! She will be blown away and I get serious brownie points!! Really looking forward to it!

 
{#Wave} ...... enjoy, they are absolutely amazing live
I have not been to a gig for years either. However, my daughter raved about them and got me listening to their music. I just love Hannah Reid's voice (and she is easy on the eye!). Ahem, so, for my daughter's birthday, I managed to buy (very expensive) tickets to see them in June at the Brixton Academy! She will be blown away and I get serious brownie points!! Really looking forward to it!
Wow, what a voice!
I have never been so impressed by a voice or performer so quickly before.  I have been listening to this CD and now I am looking into tour dates...have not been to a gig in many years.  This voice is going to conquer the world!  The song "Strong" gets my vote for song of the year.  I am in love.
 kingart wrote:
First time I've heard this. I had to check: is it Annie Lenox, or Florence? Has that kind of singing and musical similarity.

 
It's Hannah Reid and I predict: SHE IS THE NEXT BIG THING
First time I've heard this. I had to check: is it Annie Lenox, or Florence? Has that kind of singing and musical similarity.
Listen to this song everday in my car fab
Leave it aht! Sahnds nuffin' like Lahndan grammar, narmean, John? Triff singer 'n song - goes down a treat, so it does. 8 from the entranced Nottingham jury.
Hannah Reid (London Grammar)
Hannah Reid (London Grammar)




 ShortSharpShock wrote:
Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 

  Pretty long review but very well done.

You should write for Rolling Stone


 Kaw wrote:
Thanks for the reviews. I'm going to check this album. It sounds very good.

 
Sadly the other songs from the album do not reach the quality of this song. It's not bad but not a keeper in my opinion.


London Grammar interprète "Wicked Game" de Chris Isaak pour Le Live, l'émission musicale du Figaro.—————— "Somebody please explain how in the seven layers of hell that voice comes from a skinny white chick."——lol. ——————-"Using the argot of South London, their performance is 'well wicked'"——————————


The song has a rich quality, but it doesn't really feel like it goes anywhere.
Nice soundscape and I always like a plinky plink guitar sound.{#Guitarist}
Thought it was HER for a second, almost missed this. Glad I looked and listened!
Thanks for the reviews. I'm going to check this album. It sounds very good.
Thanks for pointing that out. I came here to rate their track "Hey Now" and after seeing your comment I ended up enjoying the whole album. It is outstanding! What a great voice the vocalist Hannah Reid has. 

sajitjacob wrote:
Love the whole album, worth a listen, Zero 7 meets Kosheen.

 


Okay, second London Grammar song played today (Oct. 28th), so I had to put my cent and a half in...

When I first heard Bill play this song about a week and a half ago, I thought it was a Florence & The Machine track I've never heard before. Not being particularly fond of F&TM, I got excited because I thought there was finally a track that I could thoroughly enjoy. Of course, I learned that it wasn't Florence Welsh, but a this kid named Hannah Reid who is fronting London Grammar.

I subscribe to R'psody even though their music is only represented at 160 kbps because I will have absolutely nothing to do with iTunes and associated Apple software - m4a files? Lemme guess, Apple had no idea that mp3 and flac file formats already existed and are pretty much universally compatible across all platforms and music players? GFY, Apple. Whoa, did I just write that or only think it?

Anyhow....... so I grabbed this London Grammar album right away, and (in Batman terminology) KABLAM! - it's awesome. Only two complaints: the tracks are too short and the lyrics aren't all that complex, but the sound is - if you've ever had a fresh, decadent cinnamon bun and had that gooey mixture of caramelized sugar, cinnamon and frosting at the bottom, or some pancakes where the syrup mixes with the butter and maybe a little confectioners sugar near the edge of the plate, still warm, if there's a word for that then that word is what it sounds like.

Her voice is intoxicating, with a prodigious range and effortless, pitch-perfect control. The instrumentation is perfectly understated, with the skilled flourishes and nuances of musicians that appear too young to possess that level of expertise and wisdom.

There is not a bad track on the album. This track, "Hey Now", is an absolute stand-out, and the one that captured my attention. Earlier Bill played "Shyer" - nice. The song "Strong" will knock your socks off (I also like the video - a painfully poor father gives a spectacular gift to his daughter), and I've also become addicted to the sleeper track, "Interlude". 

All in all, an incredible debut album that will surely consume the airwaves in the near future. Thanks again, Bill, for the advance notice, as usual. And sorry, Florence & The Machine - still not a fan. 
Love the whole album, worth a listen, Zero 7 meets Kosheen.
 velocette wrote:
Vocals remind me of Florence & the Machine dialed down a bit. Well done.
 

 
Well, IF Florence sang on tone.
instant 8
Sounds like Lana Del Rey listened to this before her last album.

This I like. Lana...not so much.
what...is THIS?
Great song! How can it be that such young kids can sound soooo sad and other older singers can not?? Impressive!
Vocals remind me of Florence & the Machine dialed down a bit. Well done.
 
Just wrote this one down by the desk here. Really nice!
First time hearing London Grammar and I must admit that they are quite likeable ... beautiful vocals!!
London's  a FINE PLACE - QPR live there