Video of the Moment #2250: Metronomy

By on Tuesday, 20th December 2016 at 6:00 pm

For the song ‘Hang Me Out to Dry’ off the latest Metronomy album, Joseph Mount teamed up with Swedish electropop queen Robyn. This gives us some idea of what would happen if Mount gave up Metronomy to simply collaborate with other artists. As it is one of the more prominent tracks from the new LP, it makes sense he’d eventually release the video for the song.

Somewhat not surprisingly for a release that Mount himself said he would never tour to support – a statement subsequently negated by the announcement of a May 2017 UK tour – he (nor Robyn for that matter) appears in this new promo video. Directed by Paris/Montreal filmmaking collective Dent de Cuir, the video allows us to follow the recollections of a women through the scenes she sees reflected back to her off the surface of her ’70s era muscle car and the scenes she sees while sat driving it. Here’s what the collective had to say about their new artistic work:

A great man of cinema once said: ‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.’ We just swapped the gun for a car.This concept offered a great metaphor: love is just a car ride. But let’s cut the crap here, we did all of this for one reason: to put a check mark over ‘burning a 70s Dodge Aspen’ on our bucket list. We were surprised to see how simple it was to play with the practical image distortions on a car, and we also learnt that firefighters are the most efficient pyromaniacs in the world.

The great man they refer to is French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Regardless of how you feel about Gallic artistic expression, we all have ghosts in our past that we wish to exorcise, don’t we? While its conclusion seems a bit of a waste, the message of the video echoes the title of Welsh synthpop band Cut Ribbons‘ debut album: ‘We Want to Watch Something We Loved Burn’. To read much more on Metronomy on TGTF (we have a pretty hefty archive on them), use this link.


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