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Metronomy - Nights Out | Debauched And Detuned

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Artist: Metronomy
Album: Nights Out
Label: Because Music
Release Date: September 8th, 2008

The notion of letting it all hang out—whether it be inharmonious or just flat-out detuned—has never sounded so appealing. And as cliched as it may be, the sentiment rings true for Metronomy. The well-coiffed London-by-way-of-Devon electronic outfit simply radiate madcap mischief and a futuristic sense of pop hauteur.

Nights Out, Metronomy's highly anticipated second full length, is a bustling show-stopper injected with rickety synthesizers, jolting bass and uneven guitar lines. Their idiosyncratic sound, as demonstrated in the back-to-back hits "Radio Ladio," "My Heart Rate Rapid" and "Heartbreaker," is as groundbreaking as it is overdue. Everything jangles in harmony ever-so-slightly, as though its connected in a tenuous way. And every last pitch-altered component is a convoluted and wild ride unto itself.

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But never before has the exaggerated warping of sounds been utilized in such a purposive, methodical manner. Even instrumental songs, like "The End of You Too" and "Side 2," carry a thread of structure amidst the dance-floor chaos. Kaleidoscopic swirls of caustic synths and breathy melodicas intermingle with relentless, drumline-esque beats, which tend to texturize the relatively frayed hodgepodge at hand.

Metronomy - "Heartbreaker"