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kstublen
02-22-12, 05:32 PM
This is a letter posted on the band's site, spoilered for length.

Dear Everyone Who Reads This,

What a time we are living in. Back in "the day", when only about 10 people including my parents knew the name METRIC, I would write individual letters reporting the latest developments in the band to each of you, delivered by real mail. Now I have adapted my writing to suit a worldwide crowd of unseen eyes. Which is amazing. But to me this is still a letter, not a blog. We have to stop and remember things as they were a few minutes ago because everything moves so quickly. Huge world events transpire, we all react and comment, and then it's as though they never happened. It's hard to prioritize and keep track of what is really going on.

"These are exponential times!", someone shouted at me on this topic. For a while I thought it was only my own life that was speeding by. Then I asked around and the consensus is that pretty much everybody is falling over themselves to match the ever quickening pace. What a relief. I'm so happy I asked! The things you consider ordinary or only related to you will be the most challenging to clearly express and also the most universally true. When I wrote the song "Help I'm Alive", I had no idea how many people would relate to the way I was feeling. I put it out there as a personal statement and ended up finding out that a lot of people understood where I was coming from for the first time.

Spending your whole life being in a band is a confusing thing to get your head around. METRIC has been together for 10 years. I have come to accept certain things about what that means but I still struggle with others. There's this constant sense of gratitude that I get to do what I want for a living, and at the same time an awareness of how insanely hard Joules, Joshua, Jimmy and I have worked, and continue to work, in order to even carry on existing as a band. Especially since we made the move to run MMI ourselves. It's really rewarding, and I like to think we are paving the way for other bands to take control of their art and their careers. I hope we are contributing something valuable.

Jimmy and I spoke on a panel at Harvard recently, (See? I told you being in a band gets weird), with the manager of a Rich & Established band from the recent past (not saying who) along with one of the band members. It was pretty classic. The band member was explaining to the audience why he felt really bad for modern acts like METRIC. He was saying that because of all the developments in the online world, musicians were getting cheated. A valid point.

Then Jimmy chimed in and said, "Look at it from our perspective. You think a band like us would have ever gotten the stamp of approval from a major label without having to become something we're not in order to survive there? We embrace the changes in the way music is being discovered and shared because it frees us from being stuck sucking up to those guys in order to get our music heard. We let go of those old ideas a long time ago and that is why we are successful on our own terms. We have faith that a new system that fairly compensates the artist will evolve out of the listener's sense of value for the music." ... Or something like that.

Then the manager of the band took Jimmy's side--against his own client!-- and the two of them started arguing, with me and Jimmy in the middle passing the mic back and forth between them. Like I said, it was pretty classic. Both really nice guys by the way, who genuinely care about the future of music and feel bad for us that we may be getting the short end of the stick compared to our rock brethren of yesteryear.

This is just one of the many massive ways that being a musician has changed in the past 10 years. Sometimes I romanticize a time when rock and roll didn't require tweeting, but I can't imagine how people used to tour the world without cell phones. So, here we are.

And now, Everybody Who Reads This, it is time for The News.
As you know, we have been working on a new album.
And?

Yes, it is ready.
Ahhh, I know what you're thinking! I can read your mind.
What is the new album called?

SYNTHETICA
What is the release date?

June 12th in Canada and the US. It will vary by up to a few days in the rest of the world.
What does it sound like?

It sounds like the culmination of everything we have done. We've always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize and we finally heard it coming back out of the speakers this time.
Where was it recorded?

At our own studio, Giant, in Toronto. And at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The album was produced by Jimmy Shaw and mixed by John O'Mahony. This is our favorite combination of spaces.
What is SYNTHETICA about?

FANTASIES was all about pushing ourselves out into the world, going to unknown places and shaking off everything familiar. SYNTHETICA is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation. SYNTHETICA is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. SYNTHETICA is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It's about what is real vs what is artificial.
What else?

SYNTHETICA is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets attached to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse, doing some stupid shit and totally regretting it but then telling everyone it made you stronger, leaving town as a solution to unsolvable problems, owning your actions and owning your time.

That pretty much covers it. Does this mean I don't have to do any interviews? More news, tour dates and dispatches from the studio to follow. Just wanted to say hello really, and let you know that we're on our way. love,
emily

p.s. This image was created by Adolfo Natalini & Cristiano Toraldo Di Franca, founders of Superstudio in Italy and pioneers of the 1960's Radical architecture movement. Their visual ideas about the future inspired the sound of SYNTHETICA.

http://ilovemetric.com/img/super_studio.jpg

I didn't see anything posted and did a quick search through the first few pages of the Music Forum. Sorry if someone already posted.

Also, the cover art and tracklist are unavailable at this point, but I'll update once they're available.

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http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2012/04/metric-synthetica.jpg

01 “Artificial Nocturne”
02 “Youth Without Youth”
03 “Speed the Collapse”
04 “Breathing Underwater”
05 “Dreams So Real”
06 “Lost Kitten”
07 “The Void”
08 “Synthetica”
09 “Clone”
10 “The Wanderlust”
11 “Nothing But Time”

Damed
02-22-12, 05:57 PM
Sweet.

Fantasies was one of the best albums I've bought in the last few years. Very interested to hear the follow up

Supermallet
02-22-12, 07:01 PM
Love Metric. Can't wait for this.

trespoochies
02-22-12, 08:15 PM
Same here. And they'll be doing a showcase next month here at SXSW, so I'm hoping I can get in for that. It'd be great to hear their new stuff before it's released.

JAA
02-23-12, 07:00 AM
. . . Fantasies was one of the best albums I've bought in the last few years . . .

I couldn't agree more - great album! I'm all over this new release.

Mordred
02-23-12, 04:14 PM
Pretty excited for this.

For those who read her long letter and were wondering, I looked it up and the band member who was on the panel with Metric was Mike Mills of REM.

Rocketdog2000
02-23-12, 09:52 PM
And the list of albums I'm excitedly looking forward to get's that much longer.

It's turning out to be a pretty good year for music releases for me. Many of my favorite bands putting out new albums this year, and so far, they've all been great.

Supermallet
02-23-12, 09:55 PM
Mind giving us a quick summary of the ones you've liked so far? I've been in love with the new Leonard Cohen.

Jam Master Jay
04-19-12, 06:38 PM
Can't believe I missed this thread back when it was originally started. Didn't realize that this album had been announced so long ago...my bad starting that duplicate thread...anyway I just got my tickets to the May 27 show in Bend, OR with Beck. I can't wait, am expecting to hear a lot the new album at the show.

trespoochies
05-01-12, 10:13 AM
First single, Youth Without Youth.


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Jam Master Jay
05-01-12, 01:30 PM
Sounds like Muse. Not bad though.

Damed
05-03-12, 05:54 PM
Sounds like Muse. Not bad though.

The intro does for sure - but after she starts singing it sounds like Metric.

Chaza
05-04-12, 12:02 AM
I'd like to see them especially after I missed them opening for Muse a while ago, but Radio City is too big of a venue. Hopefully I'll get a nice cheap ticket day of show.

Jam Master Jay
05-31-12, 03:31 PM
Full album has been leaked and is out there if you want to check it out. I am really enjoying it so far, save for the song with Lou Reed which kind of sucks imo.

EEz28
05-31-12, 08:46 PM
Full album has been leaked and is out there if you want to check it out. I am really enjoying it so far, save for the song with Lou Reed which kind of sucks imo.

I didn't like the last song either which is a shame cause I like all the other songs just fine. Thanks for pointing out that it was Reed, I was wondering who it was but was too lazy to look it up.

candyrocket786
06-03-12, 09:36 PM
Looking forward to seeing them perform live in a few months.

candyrocket786
06-04-12, 12:14 PM
I am loving "Dreams So Real" and “Speed the Collapse”.

kstublen
06-09-12, 02:08 PM
Figured I'd post this here as well...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Gr4MG-sSL._SS400_.jpg

Howard Shore & Metric - Cosmopolis: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (07/10/2012)

01. Howard Shore - White Limos
02. Metric - Long To Live
03. Howard Shore - Rat Men
04. Howard Shore - Asymmetrical
05. Metric - I Don't Want To Wake Up
06. Howard Shore - A Credible Threat
07. Metric - Call Me Home
08. Howard Shore - Haircut
09. K'Naan - Mecca
10. Howard Shore - The Gun
11. Howard Shore - Benno

Apparently the tracks listed as by Howard Shore are composed by him and performed by Metric.

Adam Tyner
06-14-12, 05:19 PM
Not a single post once the album actually came out? :)

Well, I can't blame you. At least based on a single listen, "Synthetica" is by far my least favorite Metric album (even beneath "Grow Up and Blow Away", something I never would've expected). It's not that it's a bad album...it's just that nothing about it makes any impression whatsoever. It's like drinking a room temperature glass of a water on a lightly cloudy, 73&deg; day. It's remarkably well-produced background noise, devoid of a single standout track. With as much as I love pretty much everything else with Metric's name stamped on it, I was hoping for more than "okay, I guess".

I do like that stretch of "Lost Kitten", "The Void", and "Synthetica", but none of them are...y'know, songs where I'd pop open iTunes or whatever just to listen to them.

Maybe I'll warm up to "Synthetica" as an album the more I listen to it, but I'm not really feeling compelled to give it another spin anytime soon. Seeing them live in September anyway. :)

Dan
06-14-12, 05:21 PM
I like it. I definitely don't hate it. So there's that. :)

Lost Kitten is the weakest track.

Labor
06-14-12, 10:15 PM
Album is far better than the last one

candyrocket786
06-15-12, 01:01 AM
Artificial Nocturne
Speed the Collapse
Dreams So Real

....are my favorites so far.

Rocketdog2000
06-15-12, 09:19 AM
I've only had a chance to spin it once, so far, but I liked most of what I heard.

There's only one small complaint I have, and it's so minor I don't even know why I'm going to bring it up, but here it is. Not that I have anything against profanity, but I wish some artists didn't feel the need to have to use it. Before I even put it on, I was wondering if Emily Haines would be dropping any F-bombs, and BAM! - first line out of the gate and there you have one. Does it really serve the material, or are is it just going for shock value? If it's the former, I'm less bothered by it. However, when it feels more like the latter, that's where it rubs me the wrong way. Anyway, that's it. Aside from that, I've just got to spend little more time with the album.

Hope to see them again if they come around here on tour.

candyrocket786
06-15-12, 10:54 AM
I've only had a chance to spin it once, so far, but I liked most of what I heard.

There's only one small complaint I have, and it's so minor I don't even know why I'm going to bring it up, but here it is. Not that I have anything against profanity, but I wish some artists didn't feel the need to have to use it. Before I even put it on, I was wondering if Emily Haines would be dropping any F-bombs, and BAM! - first line out of the gate and there you have one. Does it really serve the material, or are is it just going for shock value? If it's the former, I'm less bothered by it. However, when it feels more like the latter, that's where it rubs me the wrong way. Anyway, that's it. Aside from that, I've just got to spend little more time with the album.

Hope to see them again if they come around here on tour.

It took me by surprise on Artificial Nocturne, but damn that whole opening is fucking awesome! Beautiful and haunting at the same time even with the f-bomb. :D

Dan
06-15-12, 10:59 AM
^ yeah, me too. I can understand Rocketdog2000's complaint, but my reaction was far more positive. For me, it was one of those, "okay, I guess I don't know what to expect from this album. Awesome."

Artificial Nocturne is going to be a big hit at their live shows, that's for sure. :)

Rocketdog2000
06-15-12, 04:11 PM
^ Oh, don't get me wrong, the song is great, otherwise. And I agree, in a live setting, I think it'll be really good, and wouldn't bother me as much. Why that way and not on the album, I don't know so much. I guess it would just be nice to play the album in front of anybody with out possibly offending them, or fear of having small children hear it.

Damed
11-23-12, 04:06 PM
Have had a few months to fully digest and appreciate this now. Great album - I almost like it more than Fantasies at this point.

Speed the Collapse and Synthetica are my favourites. Artificial Nocturne is an epic opener as well.

Really liking it. Don't think there is a song I dislike, just like in varying degrees.

candyrocket786
11-27-12, 12:10 PM
Have had a few months to fully digest and appreciate this now. Great album - I almost like it more than Fantasies at this point.

Speed the Collapse and Synthetica are my favourites. Artificial Nocturne is an epic opener as well.

Really liking it. Don't think there is a song I dislike, just like in varying degrees.

Artificial Nocturne is the fucking shit LIVE! :up:

It was sweet hearing the songs live.