Joe Mount of Metronomy says band’s new album is ‘better than anything I’ve done’

Follow up to 2011 record 'The English Riviera' due for release in 2014

Metronomy frontman Joe Mount says that the group’s forthcoming new album is the best thing he has ever done.

The band will release the follow up to ‘The English Riviera’ in early 2014. Mount told NME it is inspired by The Zombies, Sly and The Family Stone and the birth of Mount’s first child. You can read the full interview in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now.

Discussing his newfound confidence ahead of making the album, which does not yet have a title, Mount says: “It’s weird, I think I’ve learnt the difference between being confident in an egotistical way and being confident in what you do. I was getting embarrassed and finding it difficult to sing things that I’d written without cringing.”

Meanwhile, describing his choice of the all-analogue Toe Rag Studios, the same facility used by The White Stripes to make Elephant’ in 2003, Mount says: “Up until now, when I’ve recorded stuff I’ve worked in this world of limitless possibilities in terms of editing and the number of tracks you can record, but when you know that you can only record eight tracks you’ve got to streamline so it can be recorded in real time.”

He adds, “I listened to loads of Sly and The Family Stone and The Zombies, stuff that was made the same way I was trying to make a record. That’s why I feel like this record is as good, if not better, than anything I’ve done.”

Metronomy released their Mercury Music Prize nominated album ‘The English Riviera’ in 2011. It followed the 2006 debut ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe’) and ‘Nights Out’, released in 2008. In 2011 Joe Mount helped produce the albums by Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts as well as Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘Make A Scene’.

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