the brightest wonky electro-pop hopes metronomy return with a stunning new album 'the english riviera' - the follow-up to 'nights out', which was one of our top ten albums of 2008. some of it is like daft punk meets the eagles if you can believe that. some of it is even weirder, more electronic. some of it is almost like stuff from the first metronomy album, very weird electronica. and then there's some really cool pop music on there as well. part love letter to the area of devon coast mount grew up in and part concept album about his own semi-fictionalised vision of 'the english riviera', the tone for the album is set by the opening sounds of seagulls, distant waves and a music hall string quartet. however, any notion of whimsy is swiftly dispelled, as the seismic bass line of 'we broke free' shudders and ushers in waves of layered guitars and synths. having produced and remixed everyone from roots manuva to kate nash and the forthcoming album from nicola roberts, this is the first metronomy album that mount has taken out of his bedroom and recorded in a proper studio. the results are telling.