God, we feel old...

Metronomy will re-issue their album 'The English Riviera' for its 10th anniversary.

The record pierced the veneer of small-town English life, with songwriter Joe Mount diving into his roots on the south cost.

Ironically, much of it was written in Paris, with Joe Mount crafting those deeply English odes in the French capital.

Set to be re-issued on April 30th for its 10th anniversary, 'The English Riviera' will be expanded with the addition of six unheard songs.

Available digitally and on vinyl, the 4LP edition will contain numbered heavyweight 180g vinyl with etched fantascope on side D.

Joe Mount recalls...

My first apartment in Paris had an almost comically perfect view of Montmartre and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. In the shadow of the Sacré Coeur, with Barbès and the hill of Montmartre as a backdrop, I sat idly one day and wrote what would become one of Metronomy’s most popular songs.

I was tinkering around with one of Marion’s keyboards and after a short while came up with the bit that gets stuck in your head; the der-de-der-der bit. I played around with it a little, hit a wall and thought ‘it’s not really Metronomy, is it’. Four months later, we finished recording The Look at the Smokehouse in London. We quite liked it, but that was about it. Then I distinctly remember the journalist Dave Simpson asking me about the song after we performed it for the first time at the Leeds Cockpit in January 2011. That was probably the moment I realised it had something about it.

I still don’t know precisely what that something is, but when we perform 'The Look' live and I hear thousands of people chanting the bit that gets stuck in your head back at me, der-de-der-der, it often brings a tear to my eye. It really is amazing what that seaside song and this whole album has done for Metronomy.

To coincide with the announcement, Metronomy have shared an early, unreleased version of 'Picking Up For You'.

Tune in now.

Related: Confidently Slow - Metronomy On 'The English Riviera'

Photo Credit: Gregoire Alexandre

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