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Joe Mount hasn’t always been the songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist auteur Metronomy fans know and revere him as today. Eight summers ago, he was – in his own words – “25, constantly drunk, single and living in London desperately trying to be cool.” Then a fledging bedroom producer, his second album, Nights Out, was a few months away from release, and life was a restless whirlwind of boozy cab rides from gig to gig, grimy London dive to grimy London dive. “I can’t remember a single night in, sat in a nice room, just watching the telly,” he reminisces now. “It was quite manic, remembering it.” Instead of burying that wild-eyed time in his memories, Mount’s about to return to it. Summer ’08 is his sequel to Nights Out. And it’s album he’s waited eight years to make.
What followed was the expansive and even more acclaimed The English Riviera, a record reflecting on his Torbay homeland that cawed with seagull sounds and romance. It bagged a Mercury nomination and elevated Mount to British pop visionary status, landing him with “a different agenda” when it came to album four, 2013’s massive, Motown-inspired Love Letters. How far could he push his pop writing credentials, having flirted from the fringes on The English Riviera? The answer: a top 10 spot in the UK album charts on release, their biggest ever single in the form of its glittering title track, and sell-out dates at London’s Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace. “So 2008 was made to wait again,” says Joe.
The missing link between Nights Out and The English Riviera, Summer ’08 is Mount’s most funkalicious piece of the Metronomy puzzle yet. From the irresistible pull of Night Owl to the fizzing near-rap of Back Together (“perhaps you’ll come to lunch with me? I’m sure I’ll find some time inside my diary…”) it’s an album that underlines Joe’s status as one of Britain’s truest dance-floor trail-blazers. “This record is a homage to a different time in my life,” he says. “I was a different person then.” A lot can change in eight years, the album attests. Where this pop auteur will be in another eight is unknown, but after the magical Summer ’08 – anything feels possible.