Album review: Metronomy - Love Letters

PUBLISHED: 07:30 19 March 2014

Metronomy - Love Letters

Metronomy - Love Letters

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Don't expect another slice of The English Riviera's slick electro-pop from Joseph Mount et al. Awkward, inward... lovable?

‘I’m back out on the Riviera’ sings a slightly deranged-Joseph Mount on opener The Upsetter, a reference to Love Letters’ Mercury-nominated predecessor no doubt.

But this is a far cry from the astute electro-pop that thrust the Devonian quartet into the limelight. Recorded at the resolutely analogue Toe Rag Studios in Hackney, there’s a rough-cut feel, too.

The album casts its net wide, hopping between styles and moods and wilfully mixing ‘70s electronica, jazz trumpet, pin-sharp guitar noodles, anaemic vocals, power-pop chorals, field recordings and Italo-disco to name a few.

The title track sees an Abba-tastic piano stomp and backing vocal burst through a sedate trumpet solo, while The Most Immaculate Haircut’s thin synth notes glow in a dusk of splashy drums and finger-picked guitar.

I’m Aquarius stands out, with brooding synths and Mount’s repetitious lyrics allied to fluffy shoop-doop-ahh vocals that works brilliantly perhaps precisely because it shouldn’t.

It’s not a cohesive or smooth listen, but Metronomy come out just the right side of a muddle.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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