Despite its title, the dance pop band's third album is not a concept piece about B&Bs in Torbay, although it is partly inspired by frontman Joseph Mount's upbringing just down the coast. The opening track's squawking seagulls set the tone and what follows is the band's best songwriting to date as they aim for a whimsical Devonshire equivalent of Californian, middle of the road pop that dominated the 70s. "Some Written" even has what sounds like an old-fashioned cinema organ, evoking cheap holidays, beach huts and saucy postcards rather than sand, surf and girls.
Metronomy: The English Riviera – review
Gareth Grundy is deputy editor of the Observer Food Monthly. A former deputy editor of the Observer Music Monthly, he also writes about pop for the New Review