Metronomy are gearing up for the September 13th release of their eagerly-anticipated new album Metronomy Forever. It’s an apt title for Joe Mount’s consistently inventive collective, who have earned a huge following with a cult-like devotion.
It’s a fact underlined by the diversity of the radio support for the album’s lead tracks: ‘Lately’ was premiered by Annie Mac at Radio 1, ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’ received its first play courtesy of 6 Music, and their new track ‘Walking In The Dark’ has just been premiered by Matt Wilkinson at Beats1.
‘Walking In The Dark’ extends Metronomy’s unorthodox gift for colliding disparate genres and sounds. Wonky dancehall, dub-fuelled psychedelia and vintage synths are blended, resulting in an immediately mesmerising groove. It’s a track which uses Metronomy’s past as the impetus for the latest stage in their ever-inspiring journey – it uses a pre-set rhythm that Joe Mount found on the keyboard he used in the video for the 2011 single ‘The Look’.
Despite being released after his visuals for ‘Lately’ and ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’, ‘Walking In The Dark’ was the first video that Mount ever directed. It’s an engaging halfway house between a surrealist’s subversion of music video conventions and the vibrant colours and imagery of ‘90s pop. The video’s 3D scenes were created by the innovative animator and designer Clara Bacou, who was recently hand-picked as one of Snapchat’s Official Lens Creators.
Mount says, “The ‘Walking In The Dark’ video is the age old tale of the guru and the fisherman set against a green screen backdrop. Clara is someone I became aware of through a collaboration between ourselves and Central St Martins college in London a few years ago. Her style is completely unique and something I was desperate to make part of the video. The song is one of my favourites from the new record and gives a wonderful taste of how eclectic the album is.”