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Hannah Reid of UK trio London Grammar sings at the mtvU Woodie Awards and Festival last March in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Natalie Cass/Getty Images)

Hannah Reid of UK trio London Grammar sings at the mtvU Woodie Awards and Festival last March in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Natalie Cass/Getty Images)

I’ve been listening pretty much non-stop for the past week or so to the latest discovery from the U. K. The collection, from the trio London Grammar, could be the best yet out of Great Britain, and that’s saying a lot.

The British invasion in its latest incarnation has produced such artists as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch, Duffy, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.

We have literally been inundated with brilliant music from across the pond.

London Grammar bills itself as a Brit trip-hop trio. The group consists of stunning Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major.

London Grammar Here and Abroad

Their debut EP, Metal & Dust, was released in February a year ago, and their debut album, If You Wait, via Columbia Records in the United States, was released last September.

Their 13-track album is stunningly beautiful, highlighted by Reid’s ethereal, expressive vocals. She sounds a bit like Goulding Lite, but there are definitive vocal references to Adele and Welch, for sure.

Reid and guitarist Rothman are originally from London. They met in a residence hall at the University of Nottingham during their first year in 2009.

Rothman saw a picture of Reid on Facebook with a guitar and sent her a message to see if she wanted to collaborate. Rothman began playing music with Major and a year later, the Northampton native rounded out the trio.

The album’s lead-off track, “Hey Now,” brilliantly sets the stage for what’s to come with fireworks echoing quietly in the background; I know that might sound totally daft, but it works and draws you in even more.

“Shyer” and “Strong,” which they performed on Letterman a few weeks back, is even better.

Their music has been described as a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds with melancholy guitar, soaring vocals and plaintive lyrics, which rings true to my ears.

Reid describes the songs as emotionally affected, and says she writes about people who come in and out of her life.

Their song, “Wasting My Young Years,” has received more than four million views on YouTube. Red wrote it about her ex-boyfriend.

So far this year, this is my No. 2 for Album of the Year. Check out the video above.

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