It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new material from British trio London Grammar. The group quickly rose to prominence on the excellent Disclosure track ‘Help Me Lose My Mind‘, the last time being their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album If You Wait. But after taking a lengthy hiatus to regroup, they have finally decided to share a new single. Titled ‘Rooting For You‘, the song features all the elements that first caught our attention: Hannah Reid’s evocative and haunting vocals, subtle instrumentation, and thoughtful lyricism. Premiered on Phil Taggart‘s BBC Radio 1 show, London Grammar have provided both a radio version and a live video, the latter of which features Reid singing a cappella in a dark room that later reveals itself to be much more.
The song is a stirring, delicate ballad focused almost entirely on lead singer Hannah Reid’s voice. Sparse and echoing instrumentation plays with dramatic hope in the background, building ever so slightly as Reid’s vocals send their praises higher. In the performance video released with the track, Reid is actually without accompaniment for the first few minutes, but when the lights come on it becomes clear she is far from solo, as the remaining members of the band appear in tow with a symphony orchestra to help bring the song to its dramatic conclusion.
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