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Metric 2023 formentera ii

Metric announce the counterpart to their 2022 album Formentera

07 July 2023, 11:42 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Metric announce their ninth studio album album, Formentera, alongside the new single "Just The Once".

Exactly one year after the release of Metric’s 2022 album Formentera, the band has surprised fans with an unannounced and unexpected part two companion album - Formentera II.

"Just The Once" features strings composed and arranged by Drew Jureka (Dua Lipa) and mixed by Stuart White (Beyoncé).

The only way I can describe “Just The Once” is to call it regret disco,” says lead singer Emily Haines. “It's a song for when you need to dance yourself clean. Beneath the sparkling surface, there’s a lyrical exploration of a simple word with many meanings. Once is a word that plays a game of opposites. Once can mean once-upon-a-time and refer to a moment in the past, or it can mean someday, once something happens. And as for doing something only once versus doing something once in a while, well, I think we all know how vast the difference is between the two.”

The songs on Formentera II were brought to life with Metric’s tried and true co-engineering & co-production trinity of Jimmy Shaw, Liam O’Neil, and Gus van Go, this time with the trio guiding the unpredictable process to completion from Main Street in a rural hamlet outside Toronto from 2020-2022 to Motorbass Studio in Paris in 2023. It is the same studio where some of the band’s favourite artists and sources of inspiration such as Air, Daft Punk and Sébastien Tellier have worked, in the very neighborhood Metric first visited with Olivier Assayas in 2004 when working with the director on his Cannes Palme D’Or award-winning film Clean.

"Just The Once" is out now. Formentera II will arrive on 13 October via Metric Music International/Thirty Tigers.

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