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Last year, Metronomy’s third album The English Riviera turned 10 years old. Nominated for the Mercury Prize and garnering a wealth of critical acclaim, the album’s more measured take on the hectic electro-pop that had peppered Joe Mount and co’s previous albums produced some of their most recognisable tracks, including The Look, The Bay and Everything Goes My Way. Pandemic-related restrictions put the band’s attempts to celebrate the milestone on hold, but on Sunday 24th April they’ll finally bring the celebration to Newcastle’s Boiler Shop.

Alongside the commemoration of the classic, the band have a wealth of chameleonic material to draw upon, including the funk-tinged electro of Nights Out, the meta-pop of Summer ’08 and Love Letters’ dip into psych. Their latest record, Small World, sees them changing course once again. Shrugging off the sprawl of 2019’s gargantuan Metronomy Forever, Small World lives up to its title by embracing nostalgia and treading into some of the most sincerely romantic territory to date. Support comes in the form of East London artist Hak Baker, whose unique blend of grime and folk (which he calls G-Folk) will undoubtedly sit well alongside Metronomy’s constantly shape-shifting oeuvre. It may now be 11 years since The English Riviera landed, but the unexpectedly extended wait will only make the honour even sweeter.

Metronomy play Boiler Shop, Newcastle on Sunday 24th April.


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