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Emily Haines announces Choir Of The Mind, her first solo album since 2006

12 June 2017, 12:55 | Written by Laurence Day

Emily Haines - of Metric and Broken Social Scene - has announced a new solo album and shared lead single "Fatal Gift".

The track is the first from a new Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton album - the follow up to 2006's Knives Don't Have Your Back LP. It's accompanied by a video directed by frequent collaborator Justin Broadbent.

Choir Of The Mind was recorded last year at Toronto's Giant Studios with Haines and long-time bandmate Jimmy Shaw sharing production duties. Kenny Luong has engineered the LP, with Shaw mixing; Sparklehorse's Scott Minor provides drums on "Legend Of The Wild Horse".

"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," explains Haines. "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."

Haines plans to tour her new LP "with limited engagements in unique and intimate venues" - what that entails remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Choir Of The Mind is released 15 September via Last Gang/eOne.
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