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Live: Metronomy

Metronomy’s sound was largely powerful, assured and great to move to

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14th March

Ritz

7/10

Metronomy enter the stage for the Manchester leg of their 50+ dates European and North American Tour following the release of their album Love Letters released the previous Monday. Frontman and recent father Joseph Mount sits down at his electric organ to start the show with a controlled and prologue like performance of ‘Monstrous’. This wasn’t the most impacting opening number to assert their presence from the outset but it cleverly formed a base on which to build their set to a range of peaks interspersed with moving ballads in order to keep their audience lively throughout their 75 minute set.

‘She Wants’ was performed with great panache. Olugbenga Adelekan laid down the bass line fluently and with star quality. Although joining the band relatively recently in Metronomy’s 15 year history, he shared centre stage in terms of presence almost equally with frontman Mount. They especially demonstrated chemistry as a duo during ‘Holiday’. Adelekan’s falsetto backing vocals gave the harmonies an impressive might, notwithstanding that I generally find the vocal register unkind on the ear, including the album version of this particular track.

Metronomy’s sound was largely powerful, assured and great to move to. Disappointingly their live rendition of the first single from their new album, ‘I’m Aquarius’ fell a little flat. It was backed by a sequenced drum pattern whilst the rest of the band retreated to backing vocals and keyboards. This could have benefitted hugely from a more elaborate live arrangement despite being a strong song on the record. Other than that instance, the material from the new album was easy to catch onto in the live context, despite me not being over familiar with it as it had only been released four days previously. ‘The Upsetter’ was particularly moving, “I’ve gotta beam my message to ya.. straight from the satellite.. cause girl we’re meant to be together” expressively sung by Mount. I often find I can go to gigs, enjoy them yet take a hiatus from listening to the group in question for a few months. Seeing Metronomy, I discovered a new dimension to their music, spurring me to listen to their albums over again to fully appreciate the rich marriage of electronic and indie influences present in their back catalogue.