Ditching her soft skeleton for some tougher stuff and reuniting with her Metric band mates; Emily Haines lends those trademark wispy vocals to a series of enraptured reveries and fucked-up fantasies.
Their latest record sees the band straying from their punky roots to a much more current shoegazing-pop style. Far from a flavour of the month dabble however, Fantasies is a thoughtful exploration of the genre: Reverberating synths and crunchy guitar effects abound, playfully dominating Haines’ dreamy croons in -Sick Muse’ and blending seamlessly into them in the sultry -Satellite Mind’: Metric’s previous customs aren’t likely to be missed here but neither are they entirely unrepresented, especially in the ‘Poster Of A Girl’-esque -Twilight Galaxy’, toned carefully down and constructed to ‘Take you where you want, anywhere you want’.
Finding the balance between fantasy and reality appears to be the aim of the game here but it all falls effortlessly into place: Haines’ impassioned lyrics are consistently grounded by her band mate’s unembellished rock style. It’s this sensibility which that keeps songs like -Collect Call’ and -Gimme Sympathy’ on their feet while still giving them room to breathe – something which the ennui-inducing Emily Haines And The Soft Skeleton clearly lacked.
Praise for merely functioning as a band may seem undeserved but in this case, vocalist and band mates have brought together two wholly different approaches, combining the incompatible, mixing the immiscible and still creating roof-raisers -Help I’m Alive’ and -Stadium Love’. In this way, Metric have forged a ten track fantasy that is at once hard and soft, love and lust, dream and nightmare.