Metronomy

BIOGRAPHY

Over the past two decades, Metronomy — the group founded English by producer and songwriter Joe Mount — have established themselves as one of the defining alternative acts of the 21st Century. Renowned for their offbeat yet perfectly crafted electronic pop songcraft, the band emerged with ​​2006’s debut full length ‘Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe)’, with 2008’s breakthrough album ‘Nights Out’ seeing them garner a wave of critical success, landing on ...

Over the past two decades, Metronomy — the group founded English by producer and songwriter Joe Mount — have established themselves as one of the defining alternative acts of the 21st Century. Renowned for their offbeat yet perfectly crafted electronic pop songcraft, the band emerged with ​​2006’s debut full length ‘Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe)’, with 2008’s breakthrough album ‘Nights Out’ seeing them garner a wave of critical success, landing on numerous ”Album Of The Year” lists. Their run of subsequent, highly-acclaimed albums like Mercury Prize-nominated "The English Riviera" — which was certified Gold in the UK — ‘Love Letters’, ‘Summer 08’, ‘Metronomy Forever’, and most recently, 2022’s ‘Small World’ have racked up billions of streams, and cemented their place as one of the UK’s most cherished modern bands.

Metronomy’s celebrated live-show has also seen them grace the world’s biggest festival stages, tour with the likes of Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Coldplay, Azealia Banks, Justice and Bloc Party and perform headline shows across 6 continents, including Alexandra Palace in London.

Mount has been enlisted to remix the likes of Lady Gaga, Sugababes, Air, Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons and Diplo, with additional writing and production credits for artists as disparate as Robyn, Jessie Ware, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sebastian Tellier, MGMT, Nicola Roberts, Cassius, Roots Manuva and Katy J Pearson.

A collaboration with New York by way of Houston artist Pan Amsterdam, the release marks the first taste of the follow up to Metronomy’s genre-spanning ‘Posse EP Volume 1’ — an entire release of collaborations which saw them working with up-and-coming artists like Biig Piig, Spill Tab, Sorry, Brian Nasty and Folly Group.

"My collaborations always start out the same way,” explains Joe Mount, Metronomy’s founder, lead songwriter and only permanent member. “I send out a folder of ideas, beats mainly, and see what comes back. Some artists will play around with a number of the tracks, and some will focus just on one thing that works for them. With Pan Amsterdam, it was the latter, one of those tracks that when he sent it back it was like ‘Oh wow’, it just all fell into place.” “It’s sort of an old school rap track,” he continues, “but in the case of Pan he doesn’t just rap, he’s also an incredible jazz trumpet player, who also works with Iggy Pop”

“‘Nice Town’ deals with my own battles,” adds Pan Amsterdam. “With the internal versus the external or, intangible versus the tangible. I'm always trying to remember that tangibles may applaud my pursuit in attempting to fulfill my purpose but that my purpose is not tangible. Nor is it for my ego to be gratified. A "Town" can be a "Nice" thing to blame during these reckonings with the inner dimensions of one's self. And it's "Nice" to have a new "Town" interrupting this reckoning, and escape to.“

Continuing where 'Posse EP Volume 1’ left off, “Nice Town” again sees the band working with an emerging talent. “To me, it's exciting to be involved with artists at this point in their career,” explains Mount. “The whole spirit is one of discovering artists, and to make something that you find inspiring”. 

The single also marks the first new music on the band’s new label home Ninja Tune, and signals the beginning of a new chapter of music. "It feels like a full circle moment,” says Mount of the signing. “As a teenager I was obsessed with the romance of labels like Ninja Tune, Warp and Wall of Sound. The artists they represented really made me who I am as a musician today. With Ninja Tune, they are a label who have gone from strength to strength at a time when it’s pretty hard to do that, and it’s something I think can also be said of Metronomy"


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BIOGRAPHY

Over the past two decades, Metronomy — the group founded English by producer and songwriter Joe Mount — have established themselves as one of the defining alternative acts of the 21st Century. Renowned for their offbeat yet perfectly crafted electronic pop songcraft, the band emerged with ​​2006’s debut full length ‘Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe)’, with 2008’s breakthrough album ‘Nights Out’ seeing them garner a wave of critical success, landing on numerous ”Album Of...

Over the past two decades, Metronomy — the group founded English by producer and songwriter Joe Mount — have established themselves as one of the defining alternative acts of the 21st Century. Renowned for their offbeat yet perfectly crafted electronic pop songcraft, the band emerged with ​​2006’s debut full length ‘Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe)’, with 2008’s breakthrough album ‘Nights Out’ seeing them garner a wave of critical success, landing on numerous ”Album Of The Year” lists. Their run of subsequent, highly-acclaimed albums like Mercury Prize-nominated "The English Riviera" — which was certified Gold in the UK — ‘Love Letters’, ‘Summer 08’, ‘Metronomy Forever’, and most recently, 2022’s ‘Small World’ have racked up billions of streams, and cemented their place as one of the UK’s most cherished modern bands.

Metronomy’s celebrated live-show has also seen them grace the world’s biggest festival stages, tour with the likes of Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Coldplay, Azealia Banks, Justice and Bloc Party and perform headline shows across 6 continents, including Alexandra Palace in London.

Mount has been enlisted to remix the likes of Lady Gaga, Sugababes, Air, Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons and Diplo, with additional writing and production credits for artists as disparate as Robyn, Jessie Ware, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sebastian Tellier, MGMT, Nicola Roberts, Cassius, Roots Manuva and Katy J Pearson.

A collaboration with New York by way of Houston artist Pan Amsterdam, the release marks the first taste of the follow up to Metronomy’s genre-spanning ‘Posse EP Volume 1’ — an entire release of collaborations which saw them working with up-and-coming artists like Biig Piig, Spill Tab, Sorry, Brian Nasty and Folly Group.

"My collaborations always start out the same way,” explains Joe Mount, Metronomy’s founder, lead songwriter and only permanent member. “I send out a folder of ideas, beats mainly, and see what comes back. Some artists will play around with a number of the tracks, and some will focus just on one thing that works for them. With Pan Amsterdam, it was the latter, one of those tracks that when he sent it back it was like ‘Oh wow’, it just all fell into place.” “It’s sort of an old school rap track,” he continues, “but in the case of Pan he doesn’t just rap, he’s also an incredible jazz trumpet player, who also works with Iggy Pop”

“‘Nice Town’ deals with my own battles,” adds Pan Amsterdam. “With the internal versus the external or, intangible versus the tangible. I'm always trying to remember that tangibles may applaud my pursuit in attempting to fulfill my purpose but that my purpose is not tangible. Nor is it for my ego to be gratified. A "Town" can be a "Nice" thing to blame during these reckonings with the inner dimensions of one's self. And it's "Nice" to have a new "Town" interrupting this reckoning, and escape to.“

Continuing where 'Posse EP Volume 1’ left off, “Nice Town” again sees the band working with an emerging talent. “To me, it's exciting to be involved with artists at this point in their career,” explains Mount. “The whole spirit is one of discovering artists, and to make something that you find inspiring”. 

The single also marks the first new music on the band’s new label home Ninja Tune, and signals the beginning of a new chapter of music. "It feels like a full circle moment,” says Mount of the signing. “As a teenager I was obsessed with the romance of labels like Ninja Tune, Warp and Wall of Sound. The artists they represented really made me who I am as a musician today. With Ninja Tune, they are a label who have gone from strength to strength at a time when it’s pretty hard to do that, and it’s something I think can also be said of Metronomy"