Metric’s frontwoman Emily Haines’ forthcoming release Choir of the Mind. The new album for her project The Soft Skelton is out September 15 on Last Gang Records. She’ll embark on a U.S. tour on November 28 kicking off in Chicago.
The LP marks her first solo album in a decade and will be in stores on September 15 via Last Gang Records/eOne. The album follows Haines’ previous solo efforts, Knives Don’t Have Your Back (2006) and its companion EP What Is Free To A Good Home? (2007).
Where Haines’ 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.”
EMILY HAINES & THE SOFT SKELETON
Sixth & I
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall*
December 12-7:30 & 9:30
Los Angeles, CA
Masonic at Hollywood Forever*
Listen to Choir Of The Mind here