Now a decade on from the release of her celebrated solo album as Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Knives Don’t Have Your Back (2006), and companion EP What Is Free To A Good Home? (2007), Metric frontwoman Emily Haines returns with a new full length solo albumChoir of the Mind for release on September 15. Rolling Stone notes that, “[The] ethereal quality of her new material is enhanced by lush, layered vocal passages interwoven with her breathy, gauzy singing.”
Reuniting with Last Gang Records/eOne, who released Haines’ previous solo work, the debut single “Fatal Gift” is available everywhere now. “Most of the songs on the album came to me out of some recent major changes in my life, and others were composed when my life felt more stable,” says Emily. “Of them all, ‘Fatal Gift’ is the song that has lived with me the longest, through many incarnations. This is the right time for the definitive version to be heard. The song embodies for me the undeniable fact that no matter how high I climb, that voice, pulling me back to my essential self remains. We all pursue symbols of achievement, but utopian material promises are hollow.”
The video for Fatal Gift is now premiering at Rolling Stone; view it at http://rol.st/2rUooXe and share it at https://youtu.be/xpzWahhF72o. The video was directed by longtime artistic collaborator Justin Broadbent, who leant his creative and directorial talents to Metric’s 2012 award winning release, Synthetica. As with every element of her new record, Emily is deeply involved in the vision and execution of the video.
Where her two previous solo offerings largely dealt with her processing and grieving the loss of her father, the revered writer, poet and jazz lyricist Paul Haines, Emily continues to grapple with some of the harder-edged life subjects on her new LP: life, loss and being a woman in the world.
Choir of the Mind was largely composed in stolen moments with her piano over the past few years of intensive work with Metric. It was recorded over a number of weeks in 2016 at Giant Studios, on the West end of Toronto, where Emily and spiritual advisor and musical partner Jimmy Shaw have each lived and worked for the past two decades. The album was co-produced by Emily and Jimmy (who also mixed the album) and engineered by Kenny Luong. Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor, who also appeared on the original Soft Skeleton recordings, returns on the track “Legend of the Wild Horse.” Always focused on the songwriting and the element of performance, Emily is planning to tour Choir of the Mind with limited engagements in unique and intimate venues. These highly anticipated upcoming tour dates and more information on Choir of the Mind will be announced shortly.