Metronomy’s Mercury Music Prize nominated third album, ‘The English Riviera’, was one of the undisputed soundtracks to 2011. It is a belting, unashamed pop album, a blissed-out record full of languid, sunset funk songs. The organ hook that defines first single ‘The Look’ burrows into your head and doesn’t leave. The gorgeous ‘Everything Goes My Way’, featuring the voice of Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls is an understated summer classic. Crucially too, it is an album that is even more danceable than its predecessor.
After ranking high on several Best-of-2011 lists including NME, The Fly, Q, Uncut, Clash and The Guardian, playing to a sold out Royal Albert Hall, and with countless other plaudits to their name, Metronomy now turn their attention their next moves. Joseph Mount is pleased with the path the band is heading down, although he is still keen to keep things fresh next time round. “I definitely had no intention of doing the same thing again. I like the stuff that changes.” For now, though, we can just enjoy the warmth of The English Riviera, the latest instalment in Metronomy’s epic journey into pop’s heartlands.