Following The English Riviera 's success, Joe Mount reclaimed some of his fondness for the unexpected, first with the introspective, Motown-tinged Love Letters and then with Summer As the title suggests, the fifth Metronomy album finds him reflecting on that period of time, just after the release of Nights Out and just before his wonky synth pop project won widespread acclaim.
It's an approach that could be called back to basics, if the basics weren't so unusual: though the instincts that made The English Riviera possible were already there, Nights Out 's chronicle of a disastrous night on the town sounded like club bangers played on toy instruments.
Here, Mount filters those gawky grooves through years of experience, though the moody, slow-building finale "Summer Jam" proves he's as mischievous as ever.
The album's first half, however, delivers bona fide jams: "Back Together" alternates between lurching riffs and luminous disco-funk as Mount reminisces about a long-ago lunch date, recalling the off-kilter catchiness of Nights Out 's "My Heart Rate Rapid" while proving that not all nostalgia is comforting. The effects of time are more apparent on "Miami Logic," which takes a more expansive approach to rubbery textures and rhythms, and on "Old Skool," an envious portrait of posh West London frenemies that's funkier and meaner than anything on Nights Out.
Meanwhile, "16 Beat" celebrates the love between a boy and his drum machine -- quite possibly Summer 08 's longest-lasting relationship. However, Mount 's reflections on this era don't occur in a vacuum, and the melancholia of his later work resurfaces on Summer 08 's second half.
Sleekly bittersweet songs like "Night Owl" and "My House" evoke The English Riviera 's winning blend of motion and emotions, while "Hang Me Out to Dry," a pulsing duet with Robyn mixed by Errol Alkan who helped raise Mount 's profile back in the day , continues Metronomy 's tradition of inspired collaborations. Monday 16 September Tuesday 17 September Wednesday 18 September Thursday 19 September Friday 20 September Saturday 21 September Sunday 22 September Monday 23 September Tuesday 24 September Wednesday 25 September Thursday 26 September Friday 27 September Saturday 28 September Sunday 29 September Monday 30 September Tuesday 1 October Wednesday 2 October Thursday 3 October Friday 4 October Saturday 5 October Sunday 6 October Monday 7 October Tuesday 8 October Wednesday 9 October Thursday 10 October Friday 11 October Saturday 12 October Sunday 13 October Monday 14 October Tuesday 15 October Wednesday 16 October Thursday 17 October Friday 18 October Saturday 19 October Sunday 20 October Monday 21 October Tuesday 22 October Wednesday 23 October Thursday 24 October Friday 25 October Saturday 26 October Sunday 27 October Monday 28 October Tuesday 29 October Wednesday 30 October Thursday 31 October Friday 1 November Saturday 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November In stock, shipping now.
Google Analytics is used to track usage of this website anonymously. Turning off will mean that your IP address is not sent to Google. Summer Metronomy July 1, Add to Wishlist. Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. Summer 08 is the fifth studio album by English electronic band Metronomy, released on 1 July by Because Music.
Reviews Review Policy. Flag as inappropriate. See more. Why Make Sense? Hot Chip. It was released in the United Kingdom on 18 May via Domino and was co-produced by the band and English record producer Mark Ralph.Jul 01, · Summer 08 is a plush, gleefully eccentric set that, despite its title, echoes the sideways pop of Bowie and Japan—all while Mount reflects, semi-cheekily, on his life before fame. The result is strangely moving, from the creeping nostalgia of “Mick Slow” to the melancholic pitter-patter of the Robyn-enriched “Hang Me Out to Dry.”.