Standing with a drink in hand at the end of another 30° day - when London resembles something closer to Madrid - a sunswept crowd gathered at Somerset House to bask in Metronomy’s glorious light. Starting the Somerset House Summer Series with a bang, Metronomy played a career spanning set as well as debuting a few new numbers.
In such a beautiful setting it could be hard for any act to grab your attention but, thankfully, Joseph Mount and Co. still know how to throw a party. Gbenga Adelekan’s brilliant bass walked up and down in characteristic funk fashion while Anna Prior’s excellent drumming repeatedly punched you in the chest to remind you that, no matter how many Sprtizes you’d had, you were at a gig now.
It’s clear to see how much the band have developed since their early nu-rave days however, despite that, older songs like “My Heart Rate Rapid” are as brilliant as ever. “Reservoir” displayed the five-piece at their 8-bit best, while “Old Skool” set the distorted disco tone from the word go. Debuting newer guitar driven tracks “Up Higher” and “Lately”, it’s exciting to think what their newest offering will bring. Standout track “I’m Aquarius” was delicate yet delightful.
Working their way through their extensive catalogue, we’re reminded of Metronomy’s imaculate influence and their well earned mark of importance in modern British music. Returning for an encore and ending with certified banger “Radio Ladio” we’re sent off into the night in a daze. Providing the perfect summer soundtrack and, as Mount crooned about love lost and star crossed, it was hard not to fall a little bit harder in love with London and it’s summer nights.