Metronomy have had an incredible few years. 2011's ‘The English Riviera’ took a West Coast sunshine spirit to Britain's south-west, and gained many plaudits, including a Mercury nomination. The English Riviera was called “visionary” (NME), “exotic” (Mojo) and “stylish” (The Times); the Evening Standard called the record “a revelation”; i-D even called the band “pioneers”.
In 2014 Metronomy returned with the new LP ‘Love Letters’. In its execution, ‘Love Letters’ tries to do fresh things in an old-fashioned way. It takes richer methods of recording and injects them with the shock of the new – of tight electronics, and experiments in sound. Joseph Mount - lead singer and architect of Metronomy - never wanted to rest on his laurels as a writer. Instead, he wanted a new challenge and to learn discipline. Instead of constructing his music on computers, he used classic, slower techniques that would force him to take time in the best possible sense.
As a result, Metronomy's latest songs are bold and ambitious, but the sweet spirit they've always been known for still lingers within them. Melancholy still lurks in those hooks; loneliness still gleams along their edges. These are songs that carry you up and down in tides of feeling, in waves of pure sound. These songs go places Metronomy never have before, and they do so spectacularly. All on a record where old friends take our hands, and lead us somewhere new.