After a 3 year hiatus, Electro-pop group Metronomy are back with their latest studio album Love Letters.
Its been 3 years since Metronomy released new material, with their 2011 album The English Riviera reaching 28th in the UK album charts, helped in part by their particularly catchy tune The Look, sadly however at the time the electro-pop scene wasn’t as strong as today and sadly meant that in my opinion ended up being at least 28 places lower than it deserved to be, thought despite their lowly chart position, this Devonshire foursome did manage a Mercury Prize nomination and became somewhat the darlings of the blossoming UK indie-elctro scene, so I just had to give their album a listen ahead of its general release on the 10th of this month.
While The English Riviera was a an ode to the sea side, Love Letters takes a different direction, reverting back to a lo-fi approach, starting off with the simple yet beautiful The Upsetter, with is’s retro acoustic feel, it’s a surprise to what I was expecting. but suits the subject matter, which this time is darker, featuring long distance relationships, felling out of love and lust, using beautifully scored harmonies and minimalist beats that maximise the emotion and make you pay attention to the lyrics better than some of their previous albums, though their new stuff still contains links to their previous work, such as in the title song Love Letters and I’m Aquarius both contain the fun and eccentric elements that made the band a crowd favourite when I saw them at Rockness back in 2012.
Love Letter feels as the band have spent the last three years growing as musicians, returning with stories from their own lives, producing an album that they hope will push them on to further chart success, just in time for festival season, it’s my feeling that we will be seeing them all over the festival scene this summer, with Field Day already confirmed and a UK tour all through March to help promote the release of the album, followed by a European tour through April, expect to hear a fair bit about Metronomy in the run up to summer.
12th – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
13th – Academy, Liverpool
14th – The Ritz, Manchester
17th – Rock City, Manchester
18th – Academy, Leeds
19th – ABC, Glasgow
20th – Academy, Newcastle
21st – HMV Institute
23rd – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
24th – Academy, Bristol
25th – Academy, Oxford
26th – UEA, Norwich
28th – Brixton Academy, London
If you like: Hot Chip, Foals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.