With a blend of reflective lyricism and forward-thinking sonics, the return of
Metronomy with the Summer 08 album has inspired fans and critics alike. This highly creative spell in the Metronomy story continues with the launch of a special new La Blogothèque session video for album track and new single ’16 Beat.’
Watch video for ’16 Beat’ HERE:
Directed by Colin Solal Cardo (whose previous credits include videos with a similar aesthetic style for Benjamin Clementine, Phoenix and Lianne La Havas) and in collaboration with Paris Aeroports, the video captures a stripped-back Metronomy consisting of Joe Mount (vocals/synths/percussion) and Anna Prior (drums) performing the track in the unlikely setting of a baggage reclaim area within Terminal 2E in Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport on July 4th of this year. Mount explains, “I love one-take videos and I love aeroplanes… and airports. I also love it when you start something with modest expectations and they are exceeded. I’ve always quite fancied doing a live music video and this was never really meant to be that, but it kind of is now.”
Their performance is matched by the visual spectacle of four dancers who were choreographed by I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER to create one of the most striking session performances of recent years. Consisting of Carine Charaire and Olivier Casamayou, I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER are an unusual and polymorphous artistic duo using dance as one element in a visual whole that is both conceptual and pop. The duo are choreographers, film directors and artistic directors, and sometimes all three at once.
In addition, next week will also see the release of a new ’16 Beat’ remix courtesy of influential French electro duo Cassius. Metronomy’s original track is a paean to Mount’s favorite drum machine which is rich with language that befits a more conventional love song. Cassius’s interpretation focuses upon Mount’s vocals which are chopped into a swirling hypnotic groove before the track is deconstructed with doomy synths, distorted vocals and skittering percussion.
Both artists are fans of each other, and Metronomy recently remixed Cassius’s track ‘The Missing’ – the original of which features on their brand new and long-awaited album Ibifornia.
Entirely written, played and produced by Mount himself, Summer 08 finds the multi-instrumentalist reflecting on his experiences around the time that Metronomy first landed a major breakthrough with the Nights Out album – the guilt at spending key moments in loved ones’ lives in the back of a tour bus, and the confused mania of finding himself a critical darling.
Outstanding German label Gomma are to release a compilation of their most cherish and unique gems in celebration of their 15th year as a label. Entitled ‘Pop Futuro’ the compilation will be accompanied by a sampler featuring music from Metronomy, Daniel Avery, Munk, Box Codax and Junior & Baumon.
Some of the tracks have been released before in some form or another but have proved to be enduring hits that get plenty of plays and are often asked about. As such they have been pulled together on this great new compilation and the likes of Hotlane, The Deadstock 33’s, Moullinex, Mercury feat. Robert Owens, Munk, Nancy Whang & Bonar Bradberry will all feature.
Ahead of that, though, comes this tasty sampler which features three key tracks from Pop Futuro. Up first is the Junior & Baumon song ‘Don’t Listen Much’. Junior & Baumon are, depite the name, a trio, made up of American singer songwriter Jan Fisher, French-German musician Fabian Kalker and Swiss producer Simon Baumann. Their creation, ‘Don’t Listen Much’ was only ever released before on a remix compilation and has drawn hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and Soundcloud so the label is re-releasing it in a new radio mix as well as the extended version. It’s a playful, charming number with aloof vocals, lazy but uplifting drums and lots of organic instrumentals wrapped up within.
Next up is a Metronomy remix of Box Codax vs Metronomy’s ‘Naked Smile’. This is a freaky track of sinewy electronics, plodding drum-funk and great spoken word vocal that adds plenty of off kilter pop charm to the track as various guitar lines unravel all around the groove.
The third cut is the Daniel Avery remix of Munk’s Kitchen Call, it was a previously free download only and hasn’t been officially released before. This one is a somber, textured analogue affair with downbeat chords, heavily filtered robo-vocals and a mid tempo gothic groove underpinning the whole thing.
As the title suggests, this compilation really is all about suggesting different ways that pop music could and should sound in the future and Gomma are most certainly the perfect label to push the message.
1. Junior & Baumon – Don’t Listen Much
2. Box Codax vs Metronomy – Naked Smile (Metronomy Remix)
3. Munk – Kitchen Call (Daniel Avery Remix)
4. Junior & Baumon – Don’t Listen Much
The sophomore release from Edu Imbernon’s new project Fayer comes in the shape of one of the most respected bands of the last 5 years, Metronomy. On the back of their forth studio album, “Love Letters” comes two stellar remixes from the label boss himself, and French electronic music producer, composer and DJ, Agoria.
Edu’s remix of “I’m Aquarius” starts in relaxed fashion, echoing the vibe of his recent remix of Qtier’s “Set Me On”. Synth layers build slowly, the instantly recognisable vocals of Joseph Mount teasing in, before the track erupts, refusing to let go until things break down again before another eruption at the 5 minute mark.
Agoria comes with something a little different on his “Love Letters” remix. Stripping out all vocals from the original, instead digging out a previously unused vocal, Agoria creates an off kilter, uneasy, loop driven yet epic monster that has already seen early support from Dixon, Joris Voorn and Gesaffelstein.
“Metronomy – I’m Aquarius / Love Letters (Remixes)” is released 8th December 2014 via Fayer.
“The concept around the Fayer label is to bridge the song based sounds of indie and electronica and the more club friendly sounds of house and techno. As such I looked to retain Metronomy’s more indie leaning sounds while making something more electronic and club friendly – whilst trying to make a remix that will surprise the listener, full of energy and eclecticism.” Edu Imbernon
Edu Imbernon America Tour:
21st Nov – Jimmy Woo, Mexico City, Mexico
22nd Nov – Toika, Toronto, Canada
23rd Nov – Audio, San Francisco, US
24th Nov – Sound, LA, US
28th Nov – Baum, Bogota, Colombia
29th Nov – Lost Beach Club, Montanita, Ecuador
Here’s the video for Metronomy‘s “Month Of Sundays”, taken from their recent album “Love Letters”, out now via Because. Directed by Callum Cooper.