Elinor Jones reviews Metronomy’s latest single.
Growing up in Devon, we lack a wealth of musical inspiration to take courage from. However, hailing from the English Riviera, a handful of bands have made it beyond their station – most notably Muse and Metronomy – giving hope to budding young West Country musicians. The latter shot into my consciousness, and rose to fame, with their album named after that area of South Devon coastline, notably with the singles ‘The Bay’ and ‘The Look’, with dreamy summer vibes and hints of life in the sunshine town that is Torbay (hint of irony).
Having produced seven albums since 2006, the band have been busy, appearing at many a festival. One of the saddest moments of my last year was missing their set at FIB, mainly because they were playing at 2.30am and I like my sleep.
Their newest single ‘Lately’ oozes confidence and maturity beyond their initial work, with a moodier, darker atmosphere about the song. Lacking the catchiness of prior tunes, it has greater depth than some of their earlier melodies. Its focus on the instrumental electronic ending gives the piece a self-assurance unrivalled, making you want to listen again and again.
As such a fan of their early work for a number of reasons including nostalgia, I was apprehensive before listening. However, I have a feeling ‘Lately’ will become one of my most played in a very short space of time.