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      February 19, 2020

      Wednesday   8:30 PM

      128 NE Russel Street
      Portland, Oregon 97212

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      Metronomy


      Hey, did you ever notice how Metronomy, the Joe Mount-fronted electronic indie pop group releasing their sixth album MetronomyForeverthis September, sounds a bit like time keeping tool metronome? You did? Boy oh boy.The metronome reference was but a musical in-joke before: now it contains more meaning. The steady tick-tocking of the pendulum represents continuation, stability, endlessness, and consistent familiarity. It understands that while we all ultimately returnto the goo from whence we came, time marches on furiously, like a bull aiming for a matador. Your last breath will be another click on the machine.Metronomy Foreverin name represents a similar ethos: something looking backwards and forwards simultaneously, like Janus, something fated and eternal. You were made from dust and to dust you will return, that sort of thing. What happens is when youre making music and you enter a world where you have achieved some sort of celebrity no matter how large or small you start to think about yourself in terms of legacy and what youre going to leave behind, says Mount. And then you realise thats limited to the interest people have in you. In the end I feel completely comfortable with it. The less importance youplace in any art the more interesting it can become in a way... Im making music, Im going to do some concerts, I need to feed my children. Metronomy Foreveris the follow-up to 2016s Summer 08, and contains 17tracks. Its length is born from a desire for breathing room, from not wanting to stuff the hits together like a bouquet of petrol station roses. In between the sauna-sweat-soaked funk of songs like Its Automatic, and the beach funeral of Walking In The Dark, lie pretty, glistening ambient tracks. It evokes the feeling of being sat in a nursing home, Swiss-cheese-brained, recalling joyous flashes of a past life while the fugue states of comforting confusion wash over you.

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