Review - Metronomy: LateNightTales


Wed, September 12, 2012  
Album Review: Metronomy (UK electronic collective centered around Joseph Mount) curates the 29th installment of the LateNightTales.


Metronomy’s mix skips between singer/songwriters, hip-hop, electronics and jazz including a Jean-Michel Jarre cover.

After a soulful start by Atlanta hipsters OutKast and US soul singer Tweet,
SA-RA Creative Partners dish up some cosmic jazz with a aptly named track Cosmic Ball. Cuts by a.o. Chick Corea and Lonzo & The World Class Wrecking Kru (featering a young Dr. Dre) lead to a nice rendition of Hypnosis (Jean Michel Jarre as covered by Metronomy) and the sun-drenched Seabird by identical twins Billy and Bobby aka Alessi Brothers.

Halfway through the mix, Alan Parsons Project's popsike Eye in the Sky nestles between two electronic interludes provided by (a Metronomy favorite) Autechre and former Japan member Mick Karn and also the upbeat electronics of Geneva Jacuzzi and Two Lone Swordsmen. Subsequently a blast from the past from synth pioneers Tonto's Expanding Head Band and songsmith Pete Drake's (with Hawaiian doo wop track Forever) kicks of the latter part of the mix. Here, tracks by Kate & Anna McGarrigle (a nice Louisiana gumbo track) and the lo-fi country of Herman Düne stand out before giving way to Paul Morley's fourth and last installment of Lost For Words.

Each volume of LateNightTales is a hotchpotch of personal favorites and influences and at times produces a quite experimental and obscure narrative. To me, this effort has one too many lullabies and lacks a bit of the weird and wondrous to keep you awake at night.

6/10 - Patrice Knap

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