Listen to Metronomy's sun-soaked returning single, It's Good To Be Back
The English indie-electronica icons eye off a new album - titled Small World - in mid-February next year.
Metronomy are a band that needs no introduction. Across the last two decades, they've become a defining force of British indie-electronica and the many shifts in sounds and trends that lay within its extensive history; Metronomy playing a key part in every electronic movement over the last 15-odd years. They've become pioneers, if not for their own work, than that of their frontman Joseph Mount, who as a go-to producer and songwriter has helped shape an entirely new generation of disco and funk-pop, largely through working alongside Robyn and Jessie Ware.
They're also a band that has somehow remained consistent throughout much of their career thus far, striving to find the balance between quantity and quality throughout their journey. Within the space of just the last few years, for example, they've shared a 10th-anniversary edition of their breakthrough album The English Riviera, an instrumental take on the record, their 2019-released latest record Metronomy Forever, as well as a remix album of Metronomy Forever, starring guests including IDLES, Georgia, Young Marco and more.
As further reinforcement, they've also just shared news of another forthcoming album due out next year, announcing their 7th album - Small World - will be released on February 18th via Because Music. It's an album solidified in the rollercoastering chaos of the year it was created amongst, capturing the turbulent ebbs and flows of the last two years as Metronomy navigate the personal and musical pitfalls of a global pandemic, and its ever-present effects on both the music industry and creativity as a whole.
Their returning single and the first taste of the album, It's good to be back, is a single that feeds directly into the album's greater ethos. It's a warm, synth-drenched single that feels like the perfect soundtrack for coming out of the other end of the pandemic; the single being somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek and ironic take on what culture is going to be like immediately following the pandemic, and the sayings that are sure to dominate every social conversation for the next few years.
"Part of me was thinking, ‘what is the lamest platitude people are going to be saying coming out of the past two years?’, but at the same time, I was thinking how it will be true and how it might feel doing things again," says Joseph Mount on the single. "I’ve been remembering what it was like as a kid when I’d be sitting in the backseat of my parents’ car and they’d be playing their music and I’d think ‘this is awful’, but there’d be one or two songs I would like. I thought it would be fun to make that kind of album, and this is the song the kids might like. This is the ‘cool’ song."
We're sure there's plenty more in the pipeline as Metronomy eye their return in mid-February via Small World, but in the meantime, take a dive into It's good to be back below, and bask in the return of one of indie-electronica's defining and ever-present names: