Where has Metronomy’s Joseph Mount been since 2016’s Summer 08 album? Well, he’s been hanging out with Robyn and contributing to her album, Honey. He’s back on home turf now though with another Metronomy album called Metronomy Forever. Working with Robyn and moving from Paris back to England to live on a hill have informed and inspired the new set of songs.
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I was informed that my contract would be terminated immediately if I failed to write about the song 'Sex Emoji' from Metronomy's new album 'Metronomy Forever' so for fear of not being able to afford shoes I may as well start with that. 'Sex Emoji' is like 8-bit Prince, all high-register vocals, tight percussion, killer hooks, and slightly rinky-dink instrumentation. This is actually pretty much the formula for the Devon band's sixth album.
I really like this album but I think it's a bit too long. There are seventeen songs for god's sake. It's strange because brevity is something Metronomy do so well; there isn't single song longer than four minutes thirty-two. But when it comes to song selection, Joseph Mount seems content to just throw in song after song after song. Anyway. This album updates the Metronomy sound but makes it a little poppier, a little more whimsical, and whole lot more funky. My favourite thing about 'Metronomy Forever' is the production of the arrangements. My god. They're drier than dry. Drier than bone. Drier than a desert. It's like the album was recorded in an egg box-lined vacuum half the size of a toilet cubicle. And god it sounds good.
'Metronomy Forever' is a sugary, melancholic exploration of everything pop should be: colourful, self-contained, succinct, and funny. But Joey, cut the damn songs down next album*.
*Upon seeing that the little interludes make up a fair proportion of the album, and that without them the album would be an entirely acceptable thirteen tracks long, I have revised my opinion and decided I don't care how many songs are on the album. Good job Joe.
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