Mercury prize nominated Metronomy have been a busy bunch lately, touring to sell-out shows and making an appearance on "Later...With Jools Holland". "The English Riviera" is a relaxed venture on a plain of retro sex-bop. This fourth single is a nonchalant ride down that same road with passing road signs taking form in the backing singer's "O's". In the leather passenger seat is Roxanne Clifford who makes a guest-vocal appearance.
The opening ten seconds have the guise of someone scrolling through frequencies on the car radio, finding a channel, and meeting lazy strings, a cheeky cowbell and that familiar, protean bass. Clifford supplements magnanimous vocals creating a manifold of moods. A myriad of backing-vocal bleats swoon into the chorus with a couplet of the lead line "I'm in love again". Front man Joseph Mount inputs in the second verse before entering the chilled yet woebegone chorus once more. Brass punches accompanied the lead-line as Metronomy's retro-pop wheels dozed to a halt. The song closed as Clifford chanted the same line, each time decreasing in volume, soporifically reducing to embers.
The single also features a remix from Jesse Rose, an endeavour that displays ingenuity and inventiveness. Arising with a series of "computer error" noises, a dance-workout beat and sinister echoing frizzles the lengthy piece is a worthwhile listen. The original, despite making you think it was written by Roxanne Clifford (featuring Joseph Mount), is a great track. It is sure to be weaving its way into some foreheads this autumn in all its expediently-warbled pop-finery.