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Metronomy – Black Eye Burnt Thumb

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments


I was introduced to this song two nights ago by a friend when I was in Wales and it instantly won me over. Why has it taken me so long to listen to Metronomy?!

The electric guitar which comes in at 36 secs is GREAT. Where is it going to go? You have no idea. Nowhere really – it repeats to allow out of tune brass and harmonium come in at 1:06. Then BAM, the drums, bass and synth enter at 1:36. Heavily vibrato synth, playing in synchronisation with the bass is a winning combination.

But it’s the diminished 7th chord heard every so often, for example at 1:58 (without the high synth), 2:29, 2:58 which is the championing part of this track. The fact that the track is so heavily in 4/4 but then these chords are played as triplets really make them stand out. From the brilliantly titled album ‘Pip Paine (Pay Back the £5000 You Owe Me)‘.

Metronomy – Black Eye Burnt Thumb by masstsnk

  1. Elishka
    January 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    oh my i LOVE this. i have a special obligatory dance for 1.36. it involves a lot of arm waving and general mania. i like the triplets and weird rhythm stuff going on all over the place, such an enormous song.

  2. Massimo Z
    January 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    I've just found another killer bit in the song! At 3:21/22 after a drum triplet you can hear an "oo" in the background before it all kicks in. Big.

  3. Scarlett
    February 27, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I LOVE Metronomy.I’ve seen them live four times now,they never fail to disappoint.Have you seen the video to “Thing For Me?”? Watch it!

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