If nothing London Grammar did this year was enough to convince you of the British trio’s enormous potential, let their gorgeous cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” on Fearne Cotton’s BBC Radio 1 show be the thing that seals the deal. Where Miley’s nasally vocals and inconsistent range leave the Dr. Luke-produced ballad semi-hollow, Hannah Reid’s operatic voice transforms the song into a poignant, mournful meditation on love lost. And while Miley’s version picks up dramatically in the chorus, London Grammar leave it scaled back creating a powerful effect with minimalism which, in many ways, has been a sonic theme of 2013. Watch the performance above.

The collective will also be embarking on a US tour following their shows around Europe. Check out the dates for 2014 below.

Tour dates:
03/11-16 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/17 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
03/18 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
03/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
03/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
03/23 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
03/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/28 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
04/04 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
04/05 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter
04/07 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
04/09 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
04/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
04/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
04/14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT FOREIGN ACT TO BREAK IN THE U.S.?

(Idolator)