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Video of the Moment #2250: Metronomy

 
By on Tuesday, 20th December 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

For the song ‘Hang Me Out to Dry’ off the latest Metronomy album, Joseph Mount teamed up with Swedish electropop queen Robyn. This gives us some idea of what would happen if Mount gave up Metronomy to simply collaborate with other artists. As it is one of the more prominent tracks from the new LP, it makes sense he’d eventually release the video for the song.

Somewhat not surprisingly for a release that Mount himself said he would never tour to support – a statement subsequently negated by the announcement of a May 2017 UK tour – he (nor Robyn for that matter) appears in this new promo video. Directed by Paris/Montreal filmmaking collective Dent de Cuir, the video allows us to follow the recollections of a women through the scenes she sees reflected back to her off the surface of her ’70s era muscle car and the scenes she sees while sat driving it. Here’s what the collective had to say about their new artistic work:

A great man of cinema once said: ‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.’ We just swapped the gun for a car.This concept offered a great metaphor: love is just a car ride. But let’s cut the crap here, we did all of this for one reason: to put a check mark over ‘burning a 70s Dodge Aspen’ on our bucket list. We were surprised to see how simple it was to play with the practical image distortions on a car, and we also learnt that firefighters are the most efficient pyromaniacs in the world.

The great man they refer to is French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Regardless of how you feel about Gallic artistic expression, we all have ghosts in our past that we wish to exorcise, don’t we? While its conclusion seems a bit of a waste, the message of the video echoes the title of Welsh synthpop band Cut Ribbons‘ debut album: ‘We Want to Watch Something We Loved Burn’. To read much more on Metronomy on TGTF (we have a pretty hefty archive on them), use this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaUzHtaysbc[/youtube]

 

Metronomy / May 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Despite saying he wouldn’t tour ‘Summer 08’, Joe Mount and Metronomy have announced a trio of live dates for next spring. You can regale yourself with my review of the long player, Metronomy’s fifth studio album, through this link. The presale begins at 9 AM today, the 2nd of November; the general sale commences on Friday. For more coverage of Metronomy on TGTF, go here.

Tuesday 16th May 2017 – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 17th May 2017 – Manchester Albert Hall
Friday 19th May 2017 – London Brixton Academy

 

Album Review: Metronomy – Summer 08

 
By on Monday, 25th July 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Metronomy Summer 08 album coverIf your musical tastes run to electropop, chances are you’re a fan of Metronomy, Tom Vek, or both. Tom Vek appeals to the nerdy, cerebral, introverted electronic fan because he’s the genuine article. He doesn’t put up a front, doesn’t pretend to be someone or something else. His music can be dissonant, with vocals jarring, often robotic. Joseph Mount, the mastermind behind Metronomy, makes his band a different kind of animal. At least in more recent years, the Metronomy sound has become more radio-friendly, leading to popular and critical acclaim (2011’s ‘The English Riviera’ was nominated for a Mercury Prize). While you can hear the self-deprecation in Vek’s songs on ‘Luck’, there often is a feeling on Metronomy tracks that Mount is being silly, smirking like a schoolboy at you.

On the beat happy ‘Old Skool’, the earliest taster of new album ‘Summer 08’, Mount’s voice mimicking the mesmerising bass line is the sonic equivalent of him with his hands on his hips, mocking you. Is the song meant to be cutting social commentary on rich kids and their shenanigans in the city? Never mind what it’s about. It’s an incredibly infectious banger, with its glitches and record scratches courtesy of Beastie Boys collaborator and turntablist Mix Master Mike. While Mount has always been at the helm, in the director’s chair if you will for Metronomy, this is oddly the first Metronomy album since 2006 debut ‘Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe)’ solely recorded in the studio and produced by Mount himself.

On ‘Summer 08’, Mount indulges his more weird and wonderful fantasies in this suggested sequel to 2008’s ‘Nights Out’. The oddest thing about this album is that while it’s unashamedly full of retro touches and appears to be looking backwards in time, it’s also strangely addictive left in his hands. Mount shines brightest when he approaches the genre of pop, even for a brief moment. The exemplary ‘Night Owl’ is a tour de force, where a less is more approach with an underlying hypnotic beat reminiscent of Fun Boy Three’s version of ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’. One set of sinister synths buzz, while another goes off and wiggles around in a chamber pop tangent.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0drWXOpm-Q[/youtube]

As you listen on, there are plenty of moments on ‘Summer 08’ that could be easily classed as weird. Wonky opening track ‘Back Together’ might have qualified as art rock if it wasn’t for the sci-fi sound effects and joyful vocal bops. Whiny synths rule the day on ‘Miami Logic’; luckily, they aren’t so whiny that you’re tempted to turn the song off. ’16 Beat’, which Mount himself describes as “sweet” in the lyrics, appears to be a love letter to the most simple and basic drum pattern there is. Deceptively simple, yet easily manipulated into other forms for variety’s sake, it’s a good analogy to what Mount does with Metronomy releases and also specifically on this number.

It’s important to note that while like ‘Pip Paine…’, this is solely Mount’s artistic expression, getting by with a little help from his friends isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Swedish electropop queen Robyn guest duets on ‘Hang Me Out to Dry’, suggesting that if Mount ever gave up Metronomy to write for other artists, he’s got another (and dare I say it, more lucrative) career waiting in the wings. In the meantime though, let’s soak up the weird and wonderful as long as he wants to experiment and Mount wants to wink at us, thinking to himself, “everything goes my way”.

7/10

‘Summer 08’, the fifth studio album from Joe Mount and Metronomy, is out now on Because Music. For more coverage of Metronomy on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2089: Metronomy

 
By on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Has your life been all the more sad in the absence of Joe Mount and the crew of Metronomy? Well, folks, you’re in luck. Metronomy have announced a new album ‘Summer 08’, to be released on the 1st of July. And they’ve also shared the lead track, ‘Old Skool’, full of vinyl scratchings and of course, plenty of synths. True to its name, the accompanying promo video to the single is serious throwback, full of big hair, bright colours and polyester suits. Watch it below. I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more before the album release.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CiVF7LjKU8[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1623: Metronomy

 
By on Wednesday, 10th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

‘Month of Sundays’ is Metronomy‘s fourth single from their current album ‘Love Letters’, which was released earlier this year. I don’t think I would have known this song was theirs if it hadn’t been labelled as such; it’s pretty understated as Metronomy hits go. Watch the promo below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrBRwfSWyaM[/youtube]

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Friday): Metronomy wow with ‘Reservoir’ at headline Park Stage set

 
By on Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 10:00 pm
 

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Joseph Mount and co., aka electropoppers Metronomy, were well worth the wait for punters at the Park Stage late Friday night at Glastonbury 2014. Need evidence? Look no further than this performance of ‘Reservoir’, from their current album ‘Love Letters’ that was released in March. Smart suits!

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dijgEoFsbY[/youtube]

 
 
 

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