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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 - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Richard George, Violin - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin, Misc. Prod. - Ian Humphries, Violin - Chris Laurence, Double Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - Claire Orsler, Viola - Sally Herbert, Other, Performance Arranger - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer - Rachel Robson, Viola - Marianne Haynes, Violin - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Alison Dods, Violin - Tony Woollard, Cello - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Zielinksi, Violin - Amy Stewart, Contractor

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

2
Californian Soil
00:03:41

Rick Koster, Violin - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Richard George, Violin - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin, Misc. Prod. - Ian Humphries, Violin - Chris Laurence, Double Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - Claire Orsler, Viola - Sally Herbert, Other, Performance Arranger - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer - Rachel Robson, Viola - Marianne Haynes, Violin - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - My Riot, Programmer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist - Kirsty Mangan, Keyboards, Strings, Performance Arranger - Alison Dods, Violin - Charlie Andrew, Producer - Tony Woollard, Cello - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist - Rachael Lander, Strings - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Zielinksi, Violin - Andy Marshall, Strings - Amy Stewart, Contractor - Jay Pocknell, Engineer

(P) 2020 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

3
Missing
00:03:35

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - Sharlene Hector, Background Vocal - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Brendan Reilly, Background Vocal - Vula Malinga, Background Vocal - Phebe Edwards, Background Vocal - Mike Hough, Background Vocal - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

4
Lose Your Head
00:03:19

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - George Fitzgerald, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Other - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2020 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

5
Lord It's a Feeling
00:04:12

Rick Koster, Violin - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Richard George, Violin - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Ian Humphries, Violin - Chris Laurence, Double Bass - Hal Ritson, Guitar - Julia Singleton, Violin - Claire Orsler, Viola - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Rachel Robson, Viola - Marianne Haynes, Violin - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - George Fitzgerald, Other, Misc. Prod. - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Alison Dods, Violin - Vula Malinga, Vocal - Tony Woollard, Cello - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Zielinksi, Violin

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

6
How Does It Feel
00:03:31

Steve Mac, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards - Chris Laws, Drums, Engineer - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - Al Shux, Composer, Lyricist - Dann Pursey, Engineer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

7
Baby It's You
00:04:02

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - George Fitzgerald, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Other - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Other - Nathan Boddy, Mixing Engineer, Misc. Prod. - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Other, Vocal - Dot Major, Keyboards, Other - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2020 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

8
Call Your Friends
00:03:11

Steve Mac, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards - Rick Koster, Violin - Chris Laws, Drums, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Richard George, Violin - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin, Misc. Prod. - Ian Humphries, Violin - Chris Laurence, Double Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - Claire Orsler, Viola - Sally Herbert, Other, Performance Arranger - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer - Rachel Robson, Viola - Marianne Haynes, Violin - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - Dann Pursey, Engineer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Alison Dods, Violin - Tony Woollard, Cello - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Zielinksi, Violin - Amy Stewart, Contractor - Matthew Scatchell, Engineer

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

9
All My Love
00:04:32

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

10
Talking
00:03:23

Rick Koster, Violin - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Richard George, Violin - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin, Misc. Prod. - Ian Humphries, Violin - Chris Laurence, Double Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - Claire Orsler, Viola - Sally Herbert, Other, Performance Arranger - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer - Rachel Robson, Viola - Marianne Haynes, Violin - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Alison Dods, Violin - Tony Woollard, Cello - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Zielinksi, Violin - Amy Stewart, Contractor - Matthew Scatchell, Engineer

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

11
I Need the Night
00:04:20

Rick Koster, Violin - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Richard George, Violin - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin, Misc. Prod. - Ian Humphries, Violin - Chris Laurence, Double Bass - Julia Singleton, Violin - Claire Orsler, Viola - Sally Herbert, Other, Performance Arranger - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer - Rachel Robson, Viola - Marianne Haynes, Violin - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - George Fitzgerald, Programmer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Alison Dods, Violin - Tony Woollard, Cello - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Hoskins, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Zielinksi, Violin - Amy Stewart, Contractor - Matthew Scatchell, Engineer

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

12
America
00:04:05

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Matt Wiggins, Engineer - My Riot, Recording Engineer - Daniel Rothman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Kirsty Mangan, Viola, Violin - Charlie Andrew, Producer - London Grammar, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Reid, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal - Dot Major, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer - Dominic Major, Composer, Lyricist - Andy Marshall, Double Bass - Matthew Scatchell, Engineer

(P) 2021 Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited / Metal & Dust under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment

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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