Toronto new wave dynamos Metric have always separated themselves from their contemporaries with a bombastic sound. Big beats, rapid rhythms and intriguing grooves create a substantial spin on music that’s wicked cool. Multi-instrumentalist Emily Haines’ vocal range is vastly underrated along with her delivery and flow being matched by only a few others.
The band’s consistency has also been apparent since their start in the late ‘90s, which can be difficult to maintain over a couple decades plus. This and more is all represented in their eighth album Formentera that’s out on June 8 via their own label Metric Music International.
The album shares the same name of an island near Ibiza off the coast of Spain. Tied in with that fact is the inspiration for it coming from a travel destinations book that sat on the desk of Metric’s recording studio, which is a converted church, during the sessions. It’s uniquely formatted in the sense that while establishing a cohesiveness, the tracks are aligned in a different way. Songs you’d think would be in the middle of the album are on the margins and vice versa. While one could be thrown off by this, the band uses this structure to their advantage for an excellent array of music.
Starting the album off with a 10 minute banger is “Doomscroller”. It’s a pulsating track that had a sense of rejoice at the end which is a bit refreshing. “Enemies Of The Ocean” has somewhat of an orchestral vibe going on along with a triumphant tone being conveyed. A stellar example of the rapid rhythms previously mentioned is “False Dichotomy”, it definitely has the ability to make the listener move around a bit. Other notable songs worth diving into are “What Feels Like Eternity”, “I Will Never Settle” and “Paths In The Sky”.
The major characteristic that makes Formentera a great album is how the electronics amplify the arrangements. The beats from Joules Scott-Key forcefully add to the music and the synths from Haines, James Shaw and Joshua Winstead take it to incredible levels of brilliance. There’s also the guitars from Shaw giving a rigid element to the songs so they don’t come off too glossy. Music is at its best when it has an edge and Metric pulls this off with their latest release. It’s an ideal record for anyone who wants a good dose of energy and emphasis in their ears.
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