Pop experimentalists Metronomy compile the latest ‘Late Night Tales’, the third of 2012 and 29th in the decade long series. Metronomy, the effective alias of Joseph Mount, have thus far released three albums, starting with the jagged electro manoeuvres of their debut ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’, through to their two albums on Because, ‘Nights Out’, where Mount first sang, and last year’s brilliant Mercury-nominated ‘The English Riviera’.
Their outing under the Late Night Tales banner journeys through the inspirations of the band’s ever-moving sound – along with a few surprises. Mount’s old favourite Autechre is present and correct, but then so are Kate and Anna McGarrigle and the Sun Ra of hip hop Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Joining Sa-Ra on the hip hop front, is Tweet’s ace ‘Drunk’ from her Hummingbird album alongside OutKast ‘Prototype’, spiced with some Doctor Octagon. Alan Parson’s ‘Eye In The Sky’, is buffeted by outbreaks of unsettling weirdness, among them the sadly departed Mick Karn’s supple bass figurines on ‘Weather The Windmill’ or Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – the guys that brought the funk to synthesizers with Stevie Wonder – and ‘Cybernaut’. Pete Drake is also included with his 1964 pedal steel novelty hit ‘Forever’. Naturally enough, there is the ‘Late Night Tales’ special with a sparkling Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Hypnose’. It’s out September 3rd, for more info and full tracklist, check out: www.metronomy.co.uk