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 album Choir of the Mind for release on September 15.
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.”
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.