Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Foals, King Nun, Pumarosa, Feet and loads more.
Order a copy
November 2019
Review

Metronomy - Summer 08

A great record that is let down at points by some bang average songs.
Metronomy - Summer 08
Published: 7:28 am, July 01, 2016
A great record that is let down at points by some bang average songs.



Cloudy with bright spells



Label: Because Music
Released: July 1st 2016
Rating: ★★★

Summer, it’s a wonderful time of year isn’t it? (Mostly) delightfully hot and full of things to do and places to see. It’s a feeling that Metronomy have managed to encapsulate almost perfectly on their new record ‘Summer 08’. Despite the title placing it firmly in 2008, the album’s 80s vibe is just right for the summer. The first album since their debut to be recorded solely by frontman Joseph Mount, he wastes very little time in showing the considerable Prince influence on the music with second track ‘Miami Logic’ sounding as if it could have come straight from the dearly beloved purple one’s back catalogue.

Despite pledging not to tour this new record, it sounds ready-made for festivals with single ‘Old Skool’ leading with a disco influenced hypnotic beat which is undoubtedly going to go down a treat live if/when the band decide to play it. It’s almost a shame that these songs won’t be played live just yet as they are brilliant pop songs, with ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’ (featuring Swedish pop star Robyn) leading with a bassline so simple yet fantastic that it’ll truly be a shame if it doesn’t end up as a single.



The album’s low points come on ‘Mick Slow’ and ‘My House’ which whilst they aspire to reach the album’s earlier apexes, they just don’t quite cut it. This is somewhat short lived as ‘Night Owl’ and ‘Love’s Not An Obstacle’ perfect for those night time drives through the countryside with their chilled out vibes channelling balmy summer nights perfectly especially with the latter’s refrain of “I spent 14 weeks with 14 lovers” sure to sneak into your head when you least expect it. Finishing with the disappointing ‘Summer Jam’, the album is not bad by any means – quite the opposite, it's a great record that is let down at points by some bang average songs. Josh Williams

Give all this a try

Pumarosa dive headfirst into an exciting new future
Feature

Pumarosa dive headfirst into an exciting new future

Their debut album ‘The Witch’ was a critical darling, but with its arrival came news that changed everything for Pumarosa. Now back with a second album which rips up expectation; they’re a band reborn.
False Advertising: "We were hungry to evolve and do more"
Feature

False Advertising: "We were hungry to evolve and do more"

With their new album out now, the Manchester trio are ready to make a noise.
Good vibrations: Bad Sounds are back with a brand new track
Feature

Good vibrations: Bad Sounds are back with a brand new track

With new track 'Sympathetic Vibrations' just out, we pinned down Callum to ask more.
Matt Maltese: "It was a mix of not giving a fuck, but also really giving a fuck"
Feature

Matt Maltese: "It was a mix of not giving a fuck, but also really giving a fuck"

Matt Maltese on album number two, and embracing the ballad.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing