Last week, another in the bevy of trailers for the highly highly anticipated fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, was released to the delight of the Internets.
To the delight of me, it featured the sound of the British trip-hop trio, London Grammar. There is no shame in not knowing what trip-hop is; no one does. I would describe it as…ambient.
London Grammar is difficult to “quantify.” The sound is broad, falling somewhere within the growing spectrum of female vocalist electropop groups populated by Vaults, Ellie Goulding, Jessie Ware, AlunaGeorge, BANKS, Daughter, Chvrches, Laura Welsh, and even my favorite goth-singer, Chelsea Wolfe (who has also been featured in a Game of Thrones trailer.) She’s so cool, (Chelsea Wolfe that is), she walked off stage in the middle of a live show I attended–no explanation given, no refunds, no nothing. It was so Kanye.
Back on topic. London Grammar is known for songs such as Wasting My Young Years and Strong, along with popular covers of songs like Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball, La Roux’s In for the Kill, and Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, this trailer also goes the cover route, featuring the 1989 single, Devil Inside, by Australian rock band, INXS.
The ethereal, soaring vocals of London Grammar’s lead singer, Hannah Reid, along with the lyrics of the original song, match up masterfully with the trailer, providing a perfect backdrop to a dramatic crescendo in its closing seconds.
Seriously, I’m not even a big Game of Thrones person (please don’t tar and feather me…) but–GOOSEBUMPS.
Hannah Reid and
Mike Krzyzewski Daenerys Targaryen could be twins though right? Must be a London thing.
Stream the song in full below:
Listen on YouTube here.
London Grammar is currently touring the US, and will be touring the UK beginning in June; if you’d like to acquire tickets, that could be difficult. I would check with your friendly neighborhood scalper–I’ve heard that guy Rosco is pretty trustworthy. He doesn’t make copies of fake tickets–wouldn’t dare. Now British Rosco, that guy may be a crook.
Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 6th on HBO.
Sidenote/My first week at Flicksided Drama Update!
Chelsea Wolfe called me out on Twitter! Must confess–I did not see that coming. There may have been a miscommunication A) This is the first time I’ve ever written about Chelsea. B) I’ve never seen Chelsea Wolfe in Phoenix; the show in question was in September at Lexington, Kentucky’s Boomslang Festival. C) I have nothing against a supremely talented artist who I was stoked to see; I was just disappointed when a set ended very abruptly (mid-song), especially before The Waves Have Come!
We all have bad days, I will never speak of this again, your voice is incredible, you’re supremely talented, love your sound–it’s so Game of Thrones–peace be with you.
Also, I’m a girl. But that’s a fair mistake to make. My parents should have gone ahead and just named me William.