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INDIE / ROCK 31 7 Issue 54 / 2013 ALBUM OF THE MONTH DAYS ARE GONE ARTIST OF THE MONTH: LONDON GRAMMAR Haim's Days are Gone has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2013, the title an inside joke for the three sisters who missed countless deadlines and pushed the album date time and time again, could not be more apt. The Los Angeles three-sister act , Este, Danielle and Alana, who reportedly never fight and have a closeness which they admit some will find a little peculiar, are on form as they live up to the flawlessness of all the singles they have released to date. Popular tracks which are already fan-favourites such as "Falling", "The Wire" and "Don't save me" are joined by equally catchy and winning tracks such as the percussive grunge-tinted pop of "My Song 5". Haim's music has a definite flavour of the '80s and it is refreshing to see today's music possessing such influences. The 11-track album kicks off strong with "Falling", 80s pop and modern electro and techno converge to produce a song which is beautifully memorable-you'll be humming this for sure-the husky repeated vocals at the two and half minute mark will leave you quivering (in that good way). In "Forever", the bass line is reminiscent of Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", the third track "The Wire", which is backed by an amusing music video featuring The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone, is instantaneously catchy. The dialogue in "Honey & I" makes it a strikingly lyrical composition whilst "Don't Save Me" has that undeniable Fleetwood Mac stamp all over it. Days Are Gone is ultimately an album that blends various influences and styles, to prescribe a single genre or label to Haim is impossible. There is only one thing else to say- can I be a Haim Sister? If you don't know who London Grammar than it's high time you found out about their debut album, "If You Wait" reaching no.2 in the UK charts and now with a UK headliner tour for October they are all set to make their mark in the industry. Often described as the 'mellowed out version' of the XX, London Grammar are an English indie pop trio, consisting of vocalist Hannah Reid, multi-instrumentalist Dot Major, and guitarist Dan Rothman. How did they become London Grammar? The answer is: Facebook. No, really - Rothman saw a picture of Reid playing a guitar on Facebook and straight away messaged her asking if she wanted to collaborate. Dot Major, who joined later, was introduced by Rothman's girlfriend. What's all the fuss about? Well, they're good. Really good; like, "put the album on repeat for a week" good. Reid's powerful vocals have been compared to Florence Welch and Lana Del Rey and within the first listen you'll know why she has that powerful sensual voice which immerses you in the track. She's a star. "Hey Now", the first song they uploaded on the internet which catapulted them to massive critical and popular acclaim, is simultaneously melodic and haunting. "Wasting my Young Years", based on Reid's own personal relationship with her ex-boyfriend, is another stand-out, with pulsing beats and beautifully penned lyrics. London Grammar may be compared time and time again to the XX but there's more to them than such an association. They have their own distinctive laid-back style: minimalist, seamlessly flowing tracks, an emphasis on repetition, striking use of silence, and distinctive vocals. With their album's success and their headlining tour lined up, this is one band that is definitely on its way up. OUR PLAYLIST Here's the hip hop on our playlist this month: Haim The Wire Arctic Monkeys Snap Out Of It MØ Waste Of Time The Ramona Flowers Brighter

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