NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 11/11/13 -- Britain's beloved modern pop act Metronomy has announced details of their massively anticipated new album, "LOVE LETTERS" the first release since the acclaimed quintessentially English group's 2011's Barclaycard Mercury Prize-nominated third album, "THE ENGLISH RIVIERA" -- which hits stores and at all digital retailers on March 11th via Because Music / Elektra Records.
"LOVE LETTERS" is trumpeted by the stunning first single, "I'm Aquarius," which was instantly named "The Hottest Record In The World Right Now" by influential BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe upon its arrival last week and arrives today as an online audio premiere on Pitchfork.com -- additionally available for listening (and embedding) via Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/metronomy/metronomy-im-aquarius/).
Befitting one of modern pop's most innovative acts, "I'm Aquarius" also debuted via iCandiApp's stargazing app, "The Night Sky" last week. Users of iOS/Android enabled devices can download the application and activate a special update which will allow users to play "I'm Aquarius" by simply scanning the sky and then clicking on the Aquarius constellation, until November 18th.
The brainchild of Devon-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joseph Mount, Metronomy first scored widespread attention for their eclectic electronica and inventive remixes of artists including Gorillaz, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lykke Li, and Franz Ferdinand. 2011's "THE ENGLISH RIVIERA" saw Metronomy put together a milestone of present-day popcraft, a dazzling fusion of sunshine psychedelia, cascading synths, languid funk, and sleek melodies, all in the service of Mount's nostalgic reveries of his native South-West England coastline. Highlighted by now-classic singles like "The Look" and "Everything Goes My Way," the album earned placement on the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist as well as worldwide sales now in excess of 250,000.
What's more, "THE ENGLISH RIVIERA" proved one of the most critically applauded albums of the new millennium, with Q declaring it "a major progression for Metronomy, idiosyncratic but also instantly accessible." The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan praised the set for "(piling) on ambling good vibes and darts of sweet synth, along with basslines that sculpt songs into various shapes," adding that "charm... permeates every last moment of this album." "A deep sea of ideas and imagination," raved NME, "a far-flung, limitless dreamworld full of romance, nostalgia, lovers' tiffs and good old-fashioned shagging... Joe Mount has transformed his Metronomy project from a jaunty, brilliant, yet ultimately niche electro outfit into one of the most expansive and visionary pop bands in the country."
Rather than rest on their laurels, Metronomy threw themselves a curveball by recording "LOVE LETTERS" at London's legendary Toe Rag Studios, a proudly analogue facility beloved for its down and dirty sound by such rock 'n' roll icons as Billy Childish, Tame Impala, and The White Stripes. Working with magnetic tape allowed Mount to protract the pace of the creative process while also revealing new warmth and possibility in Metronomy's forward-thinking pop. Songs like "I'm Aquarius" and the exhilarating title track see the group evolving in extraordinary measures, their bold experiments in sound elevating Mount's emotional lyricism to unprecedented artistic heights. With "LOVE LETTERS," Metronomy have made the first undeniably great album of 2014, instantly propelling them to the very frontline of contemporary pop.
As imaginative and exciting on stage as they are in the studio, Metronomy have already scheduled an epic run of European live dates for early 2014, including highly anticipated headline shows at such renowned venues as London's Brixton Academy and Paris' Le Zénith -- a series of major North American live dates are currently in the works and will be announced soon.
(1) The Upsetter (2) I'm Aquarius (3) Monstrous
(4) Love Letters (5) Month Of Sundays (6) Boy Racers
(7) Call Me (8) The Most Immaculate Haircut
(9) Reservoir (10) Never Wanted
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