MetronomyCatalogue No. ALN29 Released. 03/09/2012
Metronomy, the effective alias of the talented Joseph Mount, have thus far released three albums, starting with the jagged electro manoeuvres of their debut ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’, through to their two albums on Because, ‘Nights Out’,...
Metronomy, the effective alias of the talented Joseph Mount, have thus far released three albums, starting with the jagged electro manoeuvres of their debut ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’, through to their two albums on Because, ‘Nights Out’, where Mount first sang, and last year’s brilliant Mercury-nominated ‘The English Riviera’. As a pop group, Metronomy that are more Four Tet than Fab Four, though with a sense of adventure that would’ve made the Fabs proud.
Their outing under the Late Night Tales banner journeys through the inspirations of the bands’ ever moving sound – along with a few surprises. Mount’s old favourite Autechre is present and correct, but then so are Kate and Anna McGarrigle and the Sun Ra of hip hop Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Joining Sa-Ra on the hip hop front, we’ve got Tweet’s ace ‘Drunk’ from her Hummingbird album alongside OutKast ‘Prototype’, spiced with some Doctor Octagon.
For pure pop, they don’t come more refined than Alan Parson’s ‘Eye In The Sky’, who is buffeted by outbreaks of unsettling weirdness, among them the sadly departed Mick Karn’s supple bass figurines on ‘Weather The Windmill’ or Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – the guys that brought the funk to synthesizers with Stevie Wonder – and ‘Cybernaut’.
And just when you think you’ve got it figured, Pete Drake arrives with his 1964 pedal steel novelty hit ‘Forever’. This is a maze rather than a journey. Naturally enough, there is the Late Night Tales special with a sparkling Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Hypnose’.
We’ve always had a soft spot for Devon and her cobbled street delights, but seen through the prism of Joseph Mount, it takes on a new hue that makes Brigitte Bardot and that other, lesser, Riviera seem somehow pallid. To paraphrase Buzzcocks: another music in a different riviera.
A1 Outkast - Prototype
A2 Tweet - Drunk
A3 SA-RA Creative Partners - Cosmic Ball
A4 Chick Corea - El Bozo (Part 1)
B1 Dr Octagon - Blue Flowers
B2 Metronomy - Hypnose (Exclusive Cover Version)
B3 Alessi Brothers - Seabird
B4 Autechre - Fold4, Wrap5
B5 Mick Karn - Weather the Windmill
C1 The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky
C2 Two Lone Swordsmen - You Are...
C3 Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Cybernaut
C4 Pete Drake - Forever
C5 Appaloosa - The Day (We Fell In Love)
C6 Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
D1 Herman Dune - Winners Lose
D2 Cat Power - Werewolf
D3 Paul Morley - Lost for Words Pt.4 - (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)
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