Article: Interview

Publication: 21-7 Magazine

Publishing Date: January 2011


There aren’t many ways for me to describe Metronomy; So I simply tell people to ‘just listen’. The sound is so familiar, yet it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. When you listen to The UK quartet on this third album, The English Riviera, you'll feel like floating away on a sailboat. The mastermind of this masterpiece, Joseph Mount has served as the band’s composer, singer, and keyboardist since 1999. But it wasn’t until last year that Anna Prior joined on the drums, Gbenga Adelekan on bass, and Oscar Cash on guitar.


Inspired by Mount’s hometown in Devon, England, The English Riviera is about a place that could really exist anywhere; any place that has life and feeling. The transition from dance tunes to slow tempo sounds is perfectly balanced in musical heaven. But even better than the production are the words they sing. Joseph has been continuously growing as a lyricist and has developed this beautiful way of relating to people. Listening to this album made me so comfortable in meeting the group. When I arrived at Atlantic Records, it was one of the hottest New York Summer days and the band had already done a few interviews before us, but that didn’t affect their energy at all. Conversation was just as easy as their music is to fall in love with. Watch as we get to know the crew with curious questions and a fun game of This or That! 

Leslieann Elle Santiago

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