Metronomy is this week's 'World Cafe: Next' artist.
London musician Joseph Mount adopted the name Metronomy in 1990 when he began to experiment with digital production on his father's old computer. His years of toiling in bedroom obscurity eventually paid off as he gained a reputation for his official and unofficial remixes of tracks from artists including Gorillaz, Franz Ferdinand, and U2. On the strength of their reception, Mount began to write his own songs and expanded Metronomy from a remix-oriented side project into a full-fledged band.
Metronomy's lineup now features guitarist Oscar Cash, bassist Gbenga Adelekan, and drummer Anna Prior (formerly of Lightspeed Champion.) In April, the band released its third album, The English Riviera, to widespread acclaim and a recent nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize.
Metronomy's quirky, synth-heavy songs wouldn't sound out of place in the club, but like dance-pop troubadours Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, they hold good times and dance-floor debauchery at arm's length. Metronomy treat the party lifestyle with wry, cerebral melancholy, as catchy as it is heartbreakingly relatable.
Hear two songs from The English Riviera on this week's "World Cafe: Next."