For this humble reviewer, it feels like just yesterday that Metronomy helped soundtrack the summer of 2011 with their dazzling third effort 'The English Riviera'. Similarly, it's been a full eleven since breakthrough 'Nights Out' grabbed the attention of scene kids up and down the country. These are facts that haven't escaped band leader Joseph Mount, who returned to the British countryside to craft a contemplative sixth full-length.
Back on home soil with partner and children, 'Metronomy Forever' finds Mount exploring the idea of legacy, its importance or lack thereof. While many of his peers have faded into obscurity, Metronomy's off-kilter magic and occasional pop banger have ensured their place in history. At seventeen tracks it's a purposefully meandering ride, one filled with funky instrumentals and ambient vignettes.
While songs such as 'Lately', 'Insecurity' and 'Sex Emoji' show the band has not lost their ability to deliver funky floor-fillers, it's the more subdued material that really shines. Nocturnal swagger boosts numbers 'The Light' and 'Miracle Rooftop' while 'Upset My Girlfriend', with its stripped-back production and honest analysis of youthful cock-ups, is one of the finest songs Mount has penned.
'Ur Mixtape' ends the album's theme perfectly, an awkward country lad failing to win over a crush but finding a decade later that his musical prowess had really hit home with her East London frequenting brother. Life really is a trip.
Words: Sam Walker-Smart
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