METRONOMY: NEW SINGLE ‘NIGHT OWL’ IS OUT NOW
June 20 2016
METRONOMY: NEW SINGLE ‘NIGHT OWL’ IS OUT NOW
New album ‘Summer 08’ follows on July 1st on Because Music
“'Summer 08 invokes the new wave funk-pop of Talking Heads, Sparks and even early Prince” Uncut 8/10
“A smart pop operator” Mojo
"A gaudy, glittery slab of disco, 'Summer '08' is Metronomy like we've never heard them before." DIY 4*
“A return to the feel of Nights Out: the bass, the synth throbs, it works a minimalist, glacial kind of groove.” – Noisey
“Joe Mount at his most confident and swaggering.” – DIY
“More fantastically weird funk.” - Digital Spy
All indications suggest that Metronomy’s new album ‘Summer 08’ will make a significant impact when it’s released on July 1st. The two tracks that have previewed it - ‘Old Skool’ and ‘Back Together’ - have accumulated a total of 1.4 million plays at YouTube and Spotify, while positive reviews have also been backed with radio support from Radio 1 (Annie Mac), Beats 1 (Zane Lowe and Julie Adenuga) and 6 Music (Marc Riley).
The next step ahead of the album’s eagerly anticipated release comes with the new single ‘Night Owl’ which is available now. The most immediate of the three ‘Summer 08’ tracks to date, ‘Night Owl’ pulsates with a disco-groove – at once laidback, then nervously on edge – that captures the ambience of a downbeat soul lost in London’s nocturnal summer swelter.
The accompanying video to ‘Night Owl’ which will drop in the next few weeks, was filmed in the Palm Desert, Palm Springs by the equally unconventional musician/director Mr. Oizo.
This last week has seen Metronomy’s sonic auteur Joe Mount complete further creative activity in advance of the album’s release. He played a special ‘Summer 08’ DJ set at a rain-soaked Field Day which featured new tracks, special remixes and edits, and other music which ties in with the album’s core theme. The ‘Summer 08’ DJ set will also call at the basement of Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel for the Dummy x Because party on June 29th and also at Bristol’s Simple Things Festival on October 22nd.
In addition, a special album preview event saw the students of Central St. Martins create over twenty interactive art installations which were inspired by the ‘Summer 08’ album. Mentored by the team at Pulse Films,
the students created a variety of media - music videos, art
installations and visual interpretations - at an event which offered
fans the first chance to hear several new tracks from the album.
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
It’s a concept that’s been gestating ever since, but the
opportunities and challenges that resulted in the expansive, ambitious
and Mercury Prize-nominated ‘The English Riviera’ and the Motown-inspired ‘Love Letters’ understandably took precedence.
“I had those other albums – and how I wanted to record in bigger studios – out of my system,” he explains. “I
wanted to make another record with the naivety of ‘Nights Out’: ten
tracks, straight up, upbeat. Write another banger, then another, and
don’t really think about it.”
Mount’s aim for ‘Summer 08’ was to make a mature, eclectic pop record in the vein of classic works by OutKast, David Bowie and Daft Punk. Recorded in Black Box Studios in France with mixing courtesy of Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie) and Neal Pogue (OutKast), it’s the most daring and creative Metronomy album for a good reason – they won’t be touring it any time soon. “I want to have a break from touring but I don’t want a break from putting out music,” says Mount, noting that he wants to prioritise time with his two young children.
In addition to ‘Night Owl’, ‘Old Skool’ and ‘Back Together’, other highlights include the warbling festival anthem-in-the-making ‘Miami Logic’, which sounds like ‘Word Up’ as performed by Devo; an early East Coast hip-hop rough ride called ‘16 Beat’ about a love affair between man and drum machine; and a brilliant moment of Bowie worship titled ‘Mick Slow’.
It's the album's duet with Swedish superstar Robyn, ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’, mixed by Erol Alkan, that's the songwriter's favourite though. An early draft of the track was recorded for ‘The English Riviera’
but it has only now realised its full potential. In fact, many of the
tracks have emerged from demos and loops that date back to the late
2000s era. It’s an album that reiterates why influential fans such as Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk and Josh Homme have all fallen under Metronomy’s spell.
‘Summer 08’ will be released on digital, CD and vinyl (with CD included) formats as well as a Deluxe vinyl / CD boxset. ‘Back Together’, ‘Old Skool’ and ‘Night Owl’ are all available as instant grat tracks for people who pre-order the album from http://smarturl.it/r0q7ns.