Daily Dose: ‘Hypnose’ by Metronomy

To me, this is a fairly stunning piece of music. It’s from Metronomy’s late night tales album, but it’s accessible on Youtube as well and I would insist that anyone with even a passing fancy towards electronic music go and listen to it. Quick note: if you are not familiar with late night tales project, it’s fairly simple – an artist (and they get great people to do it) is invited to provide the ultimate “late night” selection, including one cover that the artist themselves provide. This is the cover from Metronomy’s offering, which I would recommend, but there’s a bunch of other really good ones as well. Check it out, it’s a great way to find some odd bits and bobs that you’d never hear otherwise. Anyway, this track is a cover of Jean Michel Jarre, he of the million-person concerts, who as you are probably aware is something a pioneer of electronic music (the phrase “living legend” springs to mind). Amazingly then, this song itself is actually an improvement on the original, its simplicity not at all diluted but produced in a more crisp, stark manner. I can’t even remember the first time I heard it, and I suspect that is because I just stopped and got lost in it when it started playing. The removal of the vocals might offend some but I far prefer just leaving the music to stand on its own, and the sweeping chorus section is still one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever heard. It’s a track I can listen to at practically any time and still absolutely love it, and it’s a fantastic advertisement for all three of late night tales, Jean Michel Jarre, and Metronomy themselves.

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