Metronomy drummer Anna Prior has jumped in front of the drum kit and into the spotlight with her debut single ‘Thank You For Nothing’.
“The initial demo of this song was called ‘Housey_4’ – as I had absolutely 100% intended to write some house music,” Prior says in a press release. “But during lockdown, Joe Mount from Metronomy set me a task to create a cover of a Buena Vista Social Club song for an episode of Metronomy TV. I was addicted to reggaeton beats at the time and just wanted to make the most reggaeton drum loops I could. The drum intro to ‘Thank You For Nothing’ is one of those reggaeton experiments.”
“After months of being trapped inside my apartment, I wanted to write music that was as summery as it was uplifting,” she elaborates. “I needed an escape and with the world engulfed in panic and uncertainty I created a summer holiday in my head, sat on a beach with a litre of sangria!”
That summery feeling can be felt in the bouncy synths and they sound like classic 808 beats to me, the kind that have a rounded off and fantastically robotic tone to them. The entire track plays into this robotic feeling but radiates with a warmth thanks to Prior’s vocal performance. The mix of house influences and reggaeton drums is cool, but it’s the detached delivery that really remains the tracks most memorable element.
Prior’s branching off on her own doesn’t mean she’s abandoned Metronomy either. The band celebrated the 10th anniversary of their third album The English Riviera in April with a number of UK shows. They also got a pretty sweet remix of ‘The Look’ from MGMT out of the anniversary celebrations, so that’s pretty sweet.
Check out the audio for ‘Thank You For Nothing’ down below.