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After the nervous electro-quirk of Metronomy's Nights Out, is it any wonder that Joseph Mount opted for a beach holiday? A masterpiece of modern yacht rock, The English Riviera cribs studio moves from Steely Dan, unfurling sparkling guitars and keys against an inky-black backdrop of empty space. The catchy songwriting, meanwhile, is more in keeping with genial British mopers like The Smiths and Hot Chip. It's the perfect record for a day at the shore—especially if it's raining.

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Simply Amazing

I haven't written a review for a while, but this album broke that trend. I found this group with the song "The Look" which stunned me. From there, a simple sample of the songs proved this to be an amazing group. The vocals are spot-on and the deep bass roots hold you close. Can't wait to see another album in the future.

Welcome (back) to the 80s!

If you came of age in the 80's, as I did, and listened to such Alternative (radio called it Modern or College Rock then) aural delights as: The Cure; Prefab Sprout or Echo and the Bunnymen...YOU are going to totally recognize this as a superb homage to that very sound. However, as I've said, Joseph Mount and company manage to pay tribute to the 80's sound without drowning in cliche' or entering into rip-off territory. Good stuff!

The Bay

the free cut, "The Bay", got me what?


Formed: 1999 in Totnes, Devon, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Beginning as a scrappy, lo-fi side project and growing into one of the more creative acts mixing rock and electronic music, Metronomy is the project of London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Mount. 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...
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