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Front woman for Metric and part time singer in the Broken Social Scene she is proud to release her debut solo album, Knives Don’t Have Your Backthis late spring on Grönland Records.
Written and recorded over the past four years in Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto and New York, the record sites contributions from the likes of Scott Minor from Sparklehorse, Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff, Stars’ Evan Cranley and Metric’s Jimmy Shaw.
(Bandmate Jimmy Shaw co-produced this solo Soft Skeleton album with Haines.) The differences between those projects are obvious.
Solo, Haines is softer, more reflective, tenderly meditative, personal rather than political.
Among those songs are a track that was written while Haines was studying electroacoustics in Montreal, while some were recorded in Toronto in the winter of 2002, shortly after the death of Haines' father.
According to the label, the album is intimate and mellow, featuring piano-driven tracks with string and horn arrangements.
As the title of this album attests, she experiments with choral arrangements, mostly to powerful effect, and the approach makes the songs feel sturdier than some of her earlier solo offerings.Yes, it took some time, but Emily Haines’s follow-up to 2006’s exquisite Knives Don’t Have Your Back (which made our 50 Best Toronto albums list) and its companion EP, 2007’s What Is Free To A Good Home, feels like the hard-earned result of a decade spent processing experiences, exploring self and setting her findings to some highly listenable tuneage.Plus she’s been busy churning out a steady stream of albums with her high-energy dance-rock-fuelled primary project, Metric.Although we live life in a linear way, Emily Haines is a woman who sees the importance of the cyclical nature of time.
Now a decade on from the release of her celebrated solo album Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton,in a feature article earlier today, which notes, “Parts of the album that would normally have become string arrangements were instead turned into layers of vocals, the resulting impression being ‘a lullaby over a panic attack.’” Reuniting with the same record label, who handled her previous solo work, the debut single Fatal Gift is available everywhere today.A distinct contrast from Metric’s bold, danceable sound, Knives is an intimate and subtle collection of mellow, piano-driven tunes complimented by soft string and horn arrangements.