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The centerpieces are epic ballads with a subdued cinematic sweep and an expansive feel.
"Legend of the Wild Horse" has an insistent undercurrent of drama, some brilliant vocal multi-tracking, and a melody that's as sharp as a burr under a saddle.
, plus the track “Breathing Underwater.” Listen HERE. headline tour kicks off February 12 with a sold-out show in Chicago.
The band announces a second date in San Diego on February 24 at House of Blues, following the sell out of the first show on February 25 (pre-sale for the new date will begin on ilovemetric.com/tour on January 26, with public on-sale to follow on January 29). As well, fans can now upgrade their tickets to include a backstage VIP experience with the band, who will chat with fans and lead an intimate acoustic sing-along before the show. is Metric’s newest album, born out of a year spent writing—guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto delving into his wall of modular synthesizers and Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain.
In 13 tracks, Haines examines what it is to be a woman and the power we have in our produced by Haines and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw who also mixed the record.
Recorded in Toronto in late 2016 — the majority on a grand piano from the 19th century aptly dubbed “The Matriarch” — it is an explorative narrative into femininity; the labels and misconceptions thrown our way.
Opening track “Planets”’ layered vocals gives credence to the album title, backed only by crawling piano.
It’s the kind of voice that’s equally effective in vaguely melancholy club bangers and crushingly melancholy chamber-pop ballads.
Working in Metric's studio with her bandmate James Shaw and utilizing a piano from the 1850s on many tracks, Haines takes a more intimate route than her band usually does.
Many of the songs are stripped down to one or two instruments and Haines' vocals; some have a more arranged sound but still feel aimed directly at the listener alone, not at a mid-sized arena full of fans.
We don’t have to be soft, we don’t have to be tough.
We don’t have to be anything we’re not and knowing that what we are, however we are, is the key to happiness.