If You Wait, the debut album from English trio (Dot Major, Hannah Reid, and Dan Rothman) is literally a little misleading if you consider the fact that the trio just began making music together one year ago as college freshmen. Taken metaphorically, the title of the album captures the longing of heartbreak and understanding whatever lessons were to be learned. The band doesn’t miss a step in easily creating sound that complements Reid’s husky and haunting vocals. Their sound is ambient and thematic often the tracks start slow and build making backing the emotionally gripping lyrics of Reid. The mesh of electronic elements and live instrumentation gives London Grammar a more soulful feel than the distance that can sometimes be felt in electronica. The lead single, Hey Now, is creeping melodic track that solidly interprets London Grammar’s sound. My personal favorite is Flickers, a folk and reggae infused track about the remnants of past love and other highlights include Shyer and Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me (on the deluxe version).
The tracks are consistent in mood however, the only downside to such consistency is that the tracks sometimes feel like they run into each other without any differentiation. Overall, If You Wait is a solid debut with a young, fresh perspective of an established sound.