Monday, August 5, 2013

Metric: Synthetica

I must admit I have not listened much to the band Metric, but take a look at this video with Emily Haines and James Shaw doing "Synthetica", backstage at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2012. And hey, watch out for flying motorbikes!

I was really looking for news on Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, but I couldn´t find anything.

So what to do? Let´s have a blog post from 2007 on Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton´s great album "Knives don´t have your back" (Last Gang 2006), and that will get us a Robert Wyatt link to! Robert Wyatt has been singing lyrics by Emily´s father, Paul Haines ("Curtsy" on "Darn it" American Clave, 1993), and he even wrote liner notes for the "Knives don´t have your back" album.

Here is most of the blog post from 2007 (the video and links in that post are not working any longer):

"Check out the new record from Emily Haines, "Knives Don't Have Your Back".Who, if not Robert Wyatt, wrote cover notes for her album? "Haines doesn't take a predictable route to the inside of your head. No grandstanding. She's a true daughter of the revolution, and has inherited wisdom beyond her years. So how does she reach us? By quietly closing the stage door behind her, dodging the limelight glare for now. She slips around the edge of the stage, almost disappears, keeps to the shadows like her parents taught her, then is suddenly positioned right beside your ear. She's speaking your language but don't be so sure you know what she's thinking - this might be all in code. She's drawn in breath and drawn you in, too. You're hooked but it's not her fault; maybe she was just saying "Hello". (RW)".

Emily Haines is Paul Haines' daughter, and the cover of her album looks like a nod to "Escalator Over The Hill"

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