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Californian Soil

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This third album from the Nottingham trio opens like the beginning of a movie, with an airy Intro accompanied by waves of violins... Then they get straight down to business on the second track, Californian Soil, which gives the album its title. Hannah Reid's voice has never been so gripping and masterful, both icy and red hot at the same time. The violins are present throughout. The only element that makes it possible to date the track to the present day is the electronic rhythm: a bit of downtempo nostalgia that is reminiscent of nineties trip hop. A video was made for the track with a rather dark aesthetic, a poetic blur and beach scenes reminiscent of David Hamilton's seventies photographs. The experience continues with Missing on which Hannnah Reid's ever-present virtuoso voice is amplified by echoes acting like a gospel choir. Speaking about the album, the singer explained that it mainly deals with themes such as feminism and celebrity - major trends of our time. She writes, “This record is about gaining possession of my own life. You imagine success will be amazing. Then you see it from the inside and ask, ‘Why am I not controlling this thing? Why am I not allowed to be in control of it? And does that connect, in any way, to being a woman? If so, how can I do that differently?’” Speaking about success, she refers to the group’s previous record, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, released in 2017. By way of answers, the twelve tracks that make up Californian Soil indeed see Hannah take possession of the band and its reflections and attachment to the deepest of feelings, as shown by the bewitching and powerful Lord It's a Feeling and the more poppy How Does It Feel. London Grammar's indie pop is crossed by electronic elements, which gives it a unique feel, as on Baby It's You. The cinematographic atmosphere can be felt on I Need The Night, before sinking into the darkness and mystery of the last track, America, a melancholic ballad where Hannah talks about this (American) "dream that meant nothing to me...". Without doubt, Californian Soil is a great album and a shining new success for London Grammar. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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1
Intro
00:02:25

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Olli Cunningham, Unknown, Other - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Orsler, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dodds, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stewart, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

2
Californian Soil
00:03:41

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Olli Cunningham, Unknown, Other - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Orsler, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dodds, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fitzgerald, Producer - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirsty Mangan, String Arranger, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Andrew, Producer - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stewart, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

3
Missing
00:03:35

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sharlene Hector, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Reilly, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vula Malinga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hough, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Althea Edwards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

4
Lose Your Head
00:03:19

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fitzgerald, Producer, Audio Concept, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

5
Lord It's A Feeling Explicit
00:04:12

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Olli Cunningham, Unknown, Other - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Orsler, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dodds, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fitzgerald, Producer, Audio Concept, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vula Malinga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stewart, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

6
How Does It Feel
00:03:31

Steve Mac, Producer - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

7
Baby It's You
00:04:02

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fitzgerald, Producer, Audio Concept, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Boddy, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Vocals, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Keyboards, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

8
Call Your Friends
00:03:11

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Olli Cunningham, Unknown, Other - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Orsler, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dodds, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fitzgerald, Producer - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirsty Mangan, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Andrew, Producer - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stewart, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

9
All My Love
00:04:32

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

10
Talking
00:03:23

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Olli Cunningham, Unknown, Other - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Orsler, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dodds, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirsty Mangan, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stewart, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

11
I Need The Night
00:04:20

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Olli Cunningham, Unknown, Other - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, Strings Director, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Humphries, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Orsler, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dodds, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fitzgerald, Producer - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirsty Mangan, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Andrew, Producer - Tony Woollard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stewart, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

12
America
00:04:05

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wiggins, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - My Riot, Recording Engineer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Rothman, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Andrew, Producer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist - Hannah Reid, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Dominic Major, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Scatchell, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

Album Description

This third album from the Nottingham trio opens like the beginning of a movie, with an airy Intro accompanied by waves of violins... Then they get straight down to business on the second track, Californian Soil, which gives the album its title. Hannah Reid's voice has never been so gripping and masterful, both icy and red hot at the same time. The violins are present throughout. The only element that makes it possible to date the track to the present day is the electronic rhythm: a bit of downtempo nostalgia that is reminiscent of nineties trip hop. A video was made for the track with a rather dark aesthetic, a poetic blur and beach scenes reminiscent of David Hamilton's seventies photographs. The experience continues with Missing on which Hannnah Reid's ever-present virtuoso voice is amplified by echoes acting like a gospel choir. Speaking about the album, the singer explained that it mainly deals with themes such as feminism and celebrity - major trends of our time. She writes, “This record is about gaining possession of my own life. You imagine success will be amazing. Then you see it from the inside and ask, ‘Why am I not controlling this thing? Why am I not allowed to be in control of it? And does that connect, in any way, to being a woman? If so, how can I do that differently?’” Speaking about success, she refers to the group’s previous record, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, released in 2017. By way of answers, the twelve tracks that make up Californian Soil indeed see Hannah take possession of the band and its reflections and attachment to the deepest of feelings, as shown by the bewitching and powerful Lord It's a Feeling and the more poppy How Does It Feel. London Grammar's indie pop is crossed by electronic elements, which gives it a unique feel, as on Baby It's You. The cinematographic atmosphere can be felt on I Need The Night, before sinking into the darkness and mystery of the last track, America, a melancholic ballad where Hannah talks about this (American) "dream that meant nothing to me...". Without doubt, Californian Soil is a great album and a shining new success for London Grammar. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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