Review: Metronomy ‘Love Letters’

Release Date: March 10th, 2014

The quintessentially English, modern pop act Metronomy has introduced itself to the music industry in 1999 and since then has released three studio albums. If you ever listened to their highly acclaimed last album, The English Riviera, ‘Love Letters’ will satisfy the needs of your ears. Something between Hot Chip and Klaxons.

If I could describe the album in one sentence, – in a PR form – it has an old school feel with a contemporary twist. A cross-between something my dad would listen to in a car and a hipster – in a positive way – party.

At first the album gave out a Jake Bugg vibe. And I still feel like there is a close connection between Metronomy’s modern pop album and Bugg’s indie pop sounds. But you have to listen to the album more than once. Sometimes you read a book, but have to revisit it to fully understand it. ‘Love Letters’ is the same. It reveals hidden meanings – whether intentionally or unintentionally.

‘Love Letters’ is the lead single from their fourth studio album of the same name. Perhaps because of the name, perhaps not. The single manages to take you back somewhere to the 70s and 80s through introducing fresh sounds. Original sounds which causes finger snapping; perfectly summarising the album.

Analysing every song from the album is unnecessary. I want you to explore it. However two songs particularly stood out to me. ‘Boy racers’ shows how music can be equally meaningful without lyrics. You can hear more than instruments. It’s a mixture of music and sound effects. I can only describe it as a ‘time-machine’. The use of futuristic sound effects makes you feel like you’re in the sci-fi horror movie ‘Alien.’

‘Never Wanted’ is the 10th and the last song on the record. It’s last for reason. It feels like a closure. And that’s the beauty of the song. I felt like reading the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows again. You know this is the end, but it doesn’t feel quite right because you simply want more.

This album almost takes you on a journey. Very unconventional journey. Is this journey for everyone? Is it a ‘mainstream’ journey? Probably not. If you’re a fan of classic records with a strain of modern pop and developed retro sounds, ‘Love Letters’ is a must-hear album.

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