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Metronomy – The Bay

July 4, 2011 by  

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Metronomy – The Bay

NAME: Metronomy
DATE: 17June2011

LABEL: Because Music


FIVE WORD REVIEW: The best seaside trip ever


LINE UP: Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior, Gbenga Adelekan


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Songs like this don’t get a review, they get a list of reasons why they are great. There’s a guy with Grace Jones hair playing funky bass octaves. There’s a girl playing drums and adding a floaty voice to proceedings. You’ve got a keyboardist tapping out just about the catchiest 80s synth hook in living memory. Including the 80s. And then finally you’ve got a singer adding heaped tablespoons of character to every single phrase, whether sliding off the end of “career” with tobogganist glee or decisively resolving the question of exactly how many syllables “Tokyo” contains.

Too many radio hits rely on a single hook, a moment that raises a relieved cheer from the festival crowd after puzzling them through the verse. That’s why producers tell bands to start the song with the chorus. Like a childhood trip to the Devon coastline they sing of, ‘The Bay’ is magical and memorable from start to finish.

SOUNDS LIKE: ‘Rio’ in a recession.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You need a band to get obsessed about.


Submitted By Martin Headon



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