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Metronomy - Small World (Album Review)

Thursday, 24 February 2022 Written by Matty Pywell

Photo: Alex Lambert

Metronomy are indie survivors. Their first album was released in 2006 and the road to their latest, ‘Small World’, has found them dodging trends and fluttering tastes on their way to taking their most intrinsic step so far.

We’re used to Metronomy giving us memorable rhythms and embedding them among electronic elements to create songs that appeal to both lovers of indie and dance music. Those rhythms are still here but on ‘Small World’ Joe Mount looks towards melodic serenity as the band ponder some of life’s deeper questions. 

The stakes are high from the off on album seven with the opener Life and Death, even if the introduction of rolling piano keys and a sense of tranquillity would suggest otherwise.

They surround the subject matter of mortality with seriousness yet also a sense of underlying hope. It’s a theme that punctuates the first five tracks.

Love Factory is the rhythmic crown jewel on this album and maybe one of their best tracks, its simple chorus sung in harmony with a repeated refrain of “she knows”  and accentuated with a flicker of flair. It is highly addictive and in this moment the band could not be any higher in the clouds. 

Metronomy don’t nail the same standard of quality across the album, yet there is hardly a dull moment and they still find small new ways to branch out, such as weaving in moments of gorgeous orchestral pomp.

On ‘Small World’ you get every element that has made Metronomy such a fun and freeing listen for well over a decade. Yet, there is a real world-weariness here as they confront the caveats that come with the highest moments and the reckonings that come later in life. We’re all trying to navigate our own small world.

Metronomy Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri April 22 2022 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Sat April 23 2022 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Sun April 24 2022 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Boiler Shop
Tue April 26 2022 - DUBLIN 3Olympia Theatre
Wed April 27 2022 - LIVERPOOL O2 Academy Liverpool
Thu April 28 2022 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Sat April 30 2022 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Sun May 01 2022 - CARDIFF THE TRAMSHED
Tue May 03 2022 - TORQUAY Foundry
Wed May 04 2022 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Thu May 05 2022 - OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Sat May 07 2022 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
Wed June 22 2022 - WORTHING Assembly Hall

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