Led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Mount, Metronomy grew from a scrappy, lo-fi side project into one of the more creative acts mixing rock and electronic music. Drawing on influences ranging from Devo and David Bowie to N.E.R.D. and Pavement, Mount established Metronomy as an equally catchy and off-kilter act with 2006's Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe). The project's later albums, such as 2011's Mercury Prize-nominated The English Riviera, were smoother and more sophisticated, but still incorporated unexpected elements that ranged from the Motown and blue-eyed soul homages of 2014's Love Letters to the retro-futurism of 2019's Metronomy Forever. With projects like 2021's hip-hop-inspired Posse EP, Vol. 1, Mount continued to push Metronomy's creative boundaries. Named after the musical term for the measurement of time by an instrument, Mount started Metronomy in 1999 as a side project to the other bands he played with, using an old computer that his father gave him to record songs. Metronomy's first full-band lineup also included keyboardist/saxophonist Oscar Cash and keyboardist/bassist Gabriel Stebbing. Prior to Metronomy, Mount and Stebbing played together in acts such as the Upsides, a pop group the pair described as "the original Busted," and the Customers, with whom they played in university. When his cousin Cash joined Metronomy, it became the trio's main project. The band earned buzz for their engaging live shows as well as official and unofficial remixes of tracks by Gorillaz, Architecture in Helsinki, Sebastien Tellier, Kate Nash, U2, and Britney Spears. After a DJ gig in Brighton, Mount connected with the founder of Holiphonic Records, which released Metronomy's debut single, "You Could Easily Have Me," in late 2005 and the full-length Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) in June 2006. That year, Metronomy signed to Because Music; in 2007, the single Radio Ladio became their first and only release on its Need Now Future imprint. The label also issued 2008's Nights Out, which introduced their eclectic sound to a wider audience thanks to singles such as Heartbreaker and My Heart Rate Rapid. In 2009, Stebbing left Metronomy to focus on his other project, Your Twenties. Bassist Gbenga Adelekan and former Lightspeed Champion drummer Anna Prior joined the fold for 2011's The English Riviera, which boasted a sleeker sound than the band's previous work. It was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 28 on the U.K. charts, selling more than 60,000 copies, and earning them a Mercury Prize nomination. Mount and crew went in a very different direction for Metronomy's fourth album, Love Letters. Taking inspiration from acts such as the Supremes, the Zombies, and Sly & the Family Stone, the band recorded at Toe Rag, an all-analog London studio frequented by indie rock bands such as the White Stripes and the Cribs. The singles I'm Aquarius and Love Letters -- which boasted a video directed by Michel Gondry -- signaled the album's mix of vintage warmth and cutting-edge pop ahead of its March 2014 release. The album peaked at number seven on the U.K. albums chart, their highest position yet. For Metronomy's next album, Mount changed course again, booking a studio just outside Paris and writing and recording a set of songs by himself within two weeks. The funky Summer 08, which reflected on the exuberance of the Nights Out era and featured collaborations with Mix Master Mike, Erol Alkan, and Robyn, arrived in July 2016. Mount then worked with Robyn on her acclaimed 2018 album Honey, co-writing and producing several of its songs. Following Mount's move from Paris to the English countryside, Metronomy returned in September 2019 with Metronomy Forever, one of the band's most eclectic albums yet; it reached number 15 on the U.K. Albums Chart. Two years later, Metronomy released the Posse EP, Vol. 1, a project in the vein of Handsome Boy Modeling School that found Mount collaborating with artists including Biig Piig, Pinty, Sorry, and Brian Nasty.
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Electronic - Released February 8, 2019 | Because Music Ltd.
The years fly by. Ten already! Nights Out is a golden nugget of synth pop from 2008 packed full of brooding hits such as Heartbreaker (with its squeaky door sample), A Thing For Me and Radio Ladio. With three synthesizers, a guitar, a nonchalant bass and falsetto choirs, the formula fed into the electro pop wave of the time, placing the group alongside the likes of Hot Chip. While much of the work from this genre remained in rather exclusive circles, Nights Out provoked a groundswell that affected a huge audience, despite its eccentric sound.Mr Mount, who was already an experienced producer and mixer, was at the helm of this record. After releasing Pip Pain (Pay The £5000 You Owe) alone in 2016, he joined forces with Oscar Cash and Gabriel Stebbing for this second album, though Joseph still produced almost all of it himself. It’s a concept album about having a bad time on a night out, with songs that are sometimes gloomy (Night Out), sometimes playful (On Dancefloors), but always brilliant. Metronomy plays with delays, dissonances and ever-so-catchy melodies, which still sound just as good one decade on. And what better an opportunity to revisit this wonderful record than with this anniversary edition which includes unreleased tracks, B-sides and rare recordings. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz