Metronomy—Devon's own Paris-dwelling Joseph Mount—and his drumming companion Anna Prior, lay out their stall at Charles de Gaulle airport. The live set up is stripped, with the conveyor belt looping around, while a troupe of four dancers are set in glorious motion. It's all terribly chic. There are bongos. There are ankle-swinging wide-legged pants. The whole shebang is directed by Colin Solal Cardo.
Take the movie Drive. Replace movie heartthrob Ryan Gosling with music video heartthrob Daniel Schienert — aka 1/2 of directing duo Daniels — and lose all the violence so that you can fit in way more sexiness. The result is the very short film Boy Racers, which doubles as both a kinda/sorta Metronomy video and a cautionary tale about self-manipulating men in self-driving cars.
It's been a few years since Encyclopedia Pictura delivered the instant classic "Wanderlust" video for Bjork, but this new Metronomy video finds them picking up right where they left off. Daren Rabinovitch of Encyclopedia Pictura directed and did the costume design for a sad and beautiful video about a love story that may have you wishing that these guys would take on a Swamp Thing remake.
I dare you to not be charmed by this new Metronomy video directed by the legendary Michel Gondry. Sure, it's whimsical and playful, but it also unfurls with an ease that belies the complex arrangement: Metronomy's Joe Mount and band perform at the center of a hexagonal set with the camera darting through various windows to show us the band as the living, breathing, rocking center of various dioramas. It's a mix of 2D and 3D and a collision of stagecraft and videomaking — something Gondry has played with before in Bjork "Bachelorette" — that shines as simply brilliant.
Wanna learn more? Then head to a special Google Hangout session on Wednesday, February 12 @ 5pm GMT, with Gondry and Mount. You'll be able to post questions via the video's YouTube comment section — use the hashtag #loveletters — or watch a live stream of the action from the band's YouTube channel.
Michel Gondry hasn't dipped a toe into the music video waters for quite some time — his last clip was Bjork "Crystalline" in 2011 — but it seems he's gonna take a deep swim for this new Metronomy "Love Letters" video, based at least on the teaser pic released by his production company, Partizan.
Look for the full video to drop tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11, and mark your calendar for a special Google Hangout session on Wednesday, February 12 @ 5pm GMT, with Gondry, Metronomy mastermind Joe Mount, and Bug Videos host Adam Buxton as moderater. You'll be able to post questions via the video's YouTube comment section — use the hashtag #loveletters — or watch a live stream of the action from the band's YouTube channel.