Live Review

Metronomy, Camden Koko

For this swamped venue, already slightly lulled by the sweet musings of Chairlift, there is only one thing left on the collective mind…

Metronomy

are blinding, almost literally. For this swamped venue, already slightly lulled by the sweet musings of Chairlift, there is only one thing left on the collective mind. As they welcome their audience to the show with beaming stage lights and a throbbing version of ‘Holiday’, the realisation of what this could be kicks in. Dancing, it seems, is what Tuesday’s should now be all about.

Whilst ‘Back On The Motorway’ sounds pace-ily deranged, the kooky upper pitches chirp in time with the regimental drum pads, giving the three an air of other-worldliness – aided by the visual illuminations on their chest; by what appear to be a selection of B&Q’s finest outdoor lighting sets.

Gabriel seems in a very jovial mood, continuing the house-lights ‘hello’ trick that proved so (un)convincing first time round, it is eventually greeted with the desired roar, just in time for ‘Lets Have A Party’. With its Prince-honed chorus is a sleepy funk synth it is the remedy designed to make Tuesday that little bit lighter, and Wednesday less guilt ridden for the evidently decadent behaviour we witness. They follow this with the troublesome washing vibes of ‘On Dancefloors’, which helps to edge them closer to a sombre middle of gig moment at which point they break it down with, unexpectedly, Billy Joel’s ‘Just The Way You Are’, instrumental. Its laughable interlude having built up stealthily the energy and physical enjoyment levels in the face of this purely disco crowd. Fortunately they don’t linger and hit it up into a freestyle melodica warbling entrenched in ‘On The Motorway’.

The amazing switches of timing in ‘Are Mums Mates’ proves far more lucrative live, the chiming melodica and tick-tock rhythm sounding enormous. ‘Radio Ladio’ cements a set full with bass experiments that clang and synths that lead to hallucinatory levels of cheerleader chanting. Echoing the crowd movements, ‘A Thing For Me’ sees two backing dancers flex their best club poses, wiggling in formation between our rather static trio, save for a triumphant air punch during the female sample.

Before they prematurely depart, there’s always time for ‘You Could Easily Have Me’, with escalating synths and fancy fret work to warm up. Their rather linear album ‘Nights Out’ is revealed, but significantly brought to experimental life tonight. With this final, axe-heavy, nail in the coffin mid-week mash-up’s are given a hugely persuasive argument for the future recurrence.

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