Joseph Mount is ready to utter new words. Two years after conquering our hearts with his brilliant “Nights Out” (Because Music, 2008), Metronomy is again warming up the scene with the release of a third full-length release, entitled “The English Riviera” , scheduled for April 2011.
At the end of the Summer, Mount told The Fly that the band was still recording (for the first time, in a professional recording studio) more defined songs that sought to recreate the atmosphere of the first albums by musicians like Herbie Hancock or Stevie Wonder, records in which electronics—analogical synthesisers and rhythm boxes—were considered instruments, played and recorded using conventional techniques. In that same interview, the Brighton-based musician revealed his intention to make an album inspired by the sensations he’d experienced during his adolescent years, when “ I was young, like 15 or 16 years old, and you go to your first house parties or you first start having a drink and a bit of weed, there are all these records that really remind you of all those kind of nights and all those kind of parties; things like Endtroducing by DJ Shadow, or The Score by the Fugees, or Portishead. Stoner records, in a way; really down tempo."
Although these words invite us to think the band’s upcoming album will be less jaunty than previous releases, Gbenga Adelekan (the band’s bassist and also a solo artist) has just told the Australian radio station Triple J that the new album was charting new territories and is proving very fun to play. "Some of it is like Daft Punk meets the Eagles, if you can believe that. Some of it is even weirder, more electronic. Some of it is almost like stuff from the first Metronomy album, very weird electronica. And then there's some really cool pop music on there as well. We've got a really good response to the new songs we've played. It's going to be a lot of fun to play live."Below you’ll find some of the first pieces from “The English Riviera” jigsaw. More details soon.