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Together in electric dreams; watch out for Metronomy and The Sound of Arrows

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Metronomy are an electronic-pop band, originally formed by Joseph Mount in Devon, in 1999.  The band now consists of four members: Mount, Anna Prior (drums), Oscar Cash (saxophone and keys) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and vocals). Their early work (pre – ‘Nights Out‘, their second album, released in 2008) consisted mainly of instrumental electronic music; following through with vocals and then branching out in to the remix arena, working with artists such as Klaxons, Gorillaz, Goldfrapp and Ladytron. More recently, Mount has hit the headlines for his work with Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts, on her upcoming debut album said to feature a mix of electro-synth tracks; the track Mount  penned, widely claimed to be the best on the album.

Metronomy released their third studio album ‘The English Riviera‘ in April 2011 and the third track to be released from the record is ‘The Bay.’ The cinematography is awesome in the accompanying music video and was unbelievably filmed in Torquay, Devon…you’d be forgiven for mistaking the landscape for the hazy hues of the Mediterranean, it is simply stunning. I must get myself down there for a holiday pronto! After a widely praised performance at Glastonbury this year, I predict that Metronomy’s star will continue to rise for a long time to come.

http://www.metronomy.co.uk / twitter.com @metronomy

The Sound of Arrows are a Swedish electronic duo, consisting of Oskar Gullstrand and Stefan Storm. Being a big fan of Robyn and Miike Snow, I have long been of the opinion that when it comes to electro-pop, the Swedes can rarely be beaten. You may be familiar with a couple of early tracks from the band: ‘Nova‘ and ‘Into the Clouds‘, both of which received widespread critical acclaim and the latter of which being amongst the most downloaded songs in the UK in September, 2009. Their new track ‘Magic‘ is featured on a popular automotive commercial, but the music video to the track is a sight to behold in itself. The video takes the form of a mini foreign language film and features dreamy landscapes and heavenly wishes; it’s the best video I’ve seen so far this year. The band have a scarily similar sound to Pet Shop Boys, which is no bad thing but I would say that their sound is slightly less synth and slightly more electrically serene. Looking forward to seeing much more from these guys when their debut album is released later this year.

http://www.thesoundofarrows.co.uk  / twitter.com  @soundofarrows

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Written by shelleyhanveywriter

July 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

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