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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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Metronomy is BACK!

It's been 3 years and Metronomy has progressed as a band (now a 4 piece band with real instruments). I'm really enjoying their new sound. It's hard to describe. It's like a sea side vacation of Funk! with elements of their Electro-pop past.

I love it!

Warning: Listening is very addictive and may lead to singing and dancing.

I am prone to listening to the great, but somewhat depressing sounds from Great Britain (Radiohead, David Sylvian, Pink Floyd, for example) so I was looking for something a little lighter. Metronomy was the recommended cure. I popped it on the iPod and, look at me...dancing like a fool and singing along. It is refreshing, light summer fare that will make the transition into fall quite acceptable and bring back the warmth in the winter months. I was hooked the first time I listened to "The Bay" so I took a chance with the rest of the album. I find myself repeating songs in my head during the "blah, blah, blah" of Friday afternoon meetings.


im hooked. "everything goes my way" is my favorite tune but the whole album needs to be heard.


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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