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New video: Metronomy – The Look

March 23, 2011 by  

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New video: Metronomy – The Look

Metronomy release their third album, ‘The English Riviera’ on April 11th through Because Music. The follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Nights Out’, ‘The English Riviera’ is a sonic progression of epic proportions and affirms Metronomy front man and producer, Joseph Mount, as a rare British talent.

Though embracing warmer pop melodies, Metronomy have by no means left the dancefloor behind. New single, ‘The Look’ is constructed around the kind of all conquering synth riff that will see it become a firm favourite come the summer’s festivals.

Since ‘Nights Out’, the band have swollen to a four piece with new members Anna Prior on drums, Gbenga Adelekan on bass, original member Oscar Cash on keys/sax, and Joe himself on vocals, keys and guitar. This expansion of personnel is reflective of a new record that is mapped by vast soundscapes, incredible depth and warmth, and big pop hooks

Having produced, co-written and remixed everyone from Gorrilaz and Roots Manuva through Lykke Li to Diplo (and recently written songs with Nicola Roberts for her debut album), this is the first Metronomy album that Mount has taken out of his bedroom and recorded in a proper studio. The results are telling.

Characterised throughout with a sense of warmth and richness, ‘The English Riviera’ is in parts reminiscent of seminal 1970s West Coast studio albums from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, but due to Mount’s studio wizardry, the record sounds vibrant and entirely of its time.

Few other albums released this year will so successfully transcend such a plethora of influences and ideas and form such a coherent body of work.



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