Metronomy have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Love Letters’ directed by Michel Gondry. NME went behind the scenes at the shoot in Paris for this week’s magazine cover story.
Gondry has previously worked with artists such as Daft Punk, The White Stripes, Radiohead and Beck. The song is taken from the band’s new album of the same name, which is set for release on March 10.
Speaking to NME about working with Gondry, Joe Mount of the band commented: “When I first met him he obviously didn’t know who we were, but with every stage he’s been getting more excited.”
“All the music videos that I remembered from growing up, from Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers, were by people like him, and I never really imagined it would happen… to do a video with him is amazing, everything I wanted,” said Mount.
Michel Gondry compared the set to a “TV show from the 1960s, like The Monkees.”
NME writer Mark Beaumont said it was a “magical experience” to be on set with Michel Gondry and compared the afternoon to a “cross between his 2006 film The Science Of Sleep and an episode of Ready Steady Go!, the pioneering pop show that brought The Beatles, Beach Boys and Dusty to British living rooms.”
Michel Gondry’s last video was for Bjork’s ‘Crystalline’ back in 2011.
Gondry described the song ‘Love Letters’ as a “mixture of The Stranglers for the piano and David Bowie a bit for the voice.”
“To do a video with him is amazing, everything I wanted,” said Mount of working with Gondry.
Metronomy recently unveiled the album at an intimate show in Brighton.
The band played almost all of their fourth LP in public for the very first time at The Old Market venue on January 29. The show was Metronomy’s first since finishing up the 2012 festival season in Berlin in September of that year.
Metronomy embark on a 12-date tour of the UK in March after playing the inaugural BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Manchester on February 28.
They will also play an instore gig at London’s Rough Trade East on March 9, the day before the release of ‘Love Letters’. They will then headline Field Day on June 7.
Metronomy will release the follow-up album to ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’, ‘Nights Out’ and ‘The English Riviera’ in March.