Choir of the Mind, the new album from Metric frontwoman Emily Haines’ solo project, The Soft Skeleton, is out today via Last Gang Records/eOne. The LP marks her first solo album in a decade, following Haines’ previous solo efforts, Knives Don’t Have Your Back (2006) and its companion EP What Is Free To A Good Home? (2007). Order the record HERE.

The hotly anticipated record is the subject of extensive critical acclaim:

Choir of the Mind…is a nuanced meditation on loss and injustice, and a stunning showcase for Ms. Haines’s vocal harmonies.”–The New York Times

“[The] ethereal quality of her new material is enhanced by lush, layered vocal passages interwoven with her breathy, gauzy singing.” –Rolling Stone
“An ambitious collection that expands Haines’ solo palette in every way.” – NPR First Listen

“Choir Of The Mind’s first single, ‘Fatal Gift,’ actually reworks and intensifies a recent Metric B-side. Its video breaks the song into distinct and subtitled phases: ‘The Gift,’ in which Haines sings sweetly over a plaintive piano; ‘Wages,’ which pulsates ominously amid warnings that‘The things they own, they own you’; and ‘Blindfold,’ in which a dreamy interlude gives way to the tense, portentous climax of ‘The Deal.’ It seems to suggest a new musical direction for Haines—one located somewhere between the solemnity of her first solo albums and the dance-floor-friendly energy of Metric. September can’t come soon enough.” –NPR Music

“Choir of the Mind...will leave you feeling refreshed.” –BUST

“It’s taken a decade to get a follow-up to the Soft Skeleton project, but Choir Of The Mind is well-worth the wait.” –Stereogum

“Haines produced Choir of the Mind herself, and the ‘choir’ part is literal: Advance tracks ‘Fatal Gift,’ ‘Planets,’ and ‘Statuette’ demonstrate the rivers of layered vocals that form the album’s signature sound.”

In celebration of the release, Haines will be performing limited engagements in intimate venues which she handpicked. See below for a list of dates on sale and view the tour trailer HERE.

Haines recently premiered the video for the album track “Statuette” in conjunction with international advocacy organization Global Citizen as part of their She Decides campaign; view/share video HERE. The video for the track “Planets,” directed by Justin Broadbent, who also designed the album artwork, can be viewed/shared HERE, and the video for album’s first single, “Fatal Gift,” can be viewed HERE.

Where Haines’ two previous solo offerings largely dealt with her processing and grieving the loss of her father, the revered writer, poet and jazz lyricist Paul Haines, Emily continues to grapple with some of the harder-edged life subjects on her new LP: life, loss and being a woman in the world.

Choir of the Mind was largely composed in stolen moments with her piano over the past few years of intensive work with Metric. It was recorded over a number of weeks in 2016 at Giant Studios, on the West end of Toronto, where Emily and spiritual advisor and musical partner Jimmy Shaw have each lived and worked for the past two decades. The album was co-produced by Emily and Jimmy (who also mixed the album) and engineered by Kenny Luong. Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor, who also appeared on the original Soft Skeleton recordings, returns on the track “Legend of the Wild Horse.”

About Last Gang:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Purity Ring, Lights, Ryan Hemsworth and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. 

www.lastgang.com / www.entertainmentone.com

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.



November 28 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall
November 29 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
November 30 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Murmrr*
December 2 /// Washington, DC /// Sixth & I
December 3 /// Boston, MA /// ICA*
December 4 /// Montreal, QC /// Église Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila
December 5 /// Toronto, ON /// Massey Hall
December 7 /// Vancouver, BC /// Chan Center
December 8 /// Seattle, WA /// Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
December 9 /// Portland, OR /// Revolution Hall
December 11 /// San Francisco, CA /// Great American Music Hall*
December 12-7:30 & 9:30 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Masonic at Hollywood Forever*