First Listen: Emily Haines, 'Choir Of The Mind'

The Metric singer returns with her first solo album in a decade — and another set of reflections too raw for the band that made her famous.
Emily Haines' Choir Of The Mind is out Sept. 15. Source: Justin Broadbent

Back in 2006, inspired by a rough patch in her life, took a break from her dance-pop band and embarked on a brief but fruitful solo career. Trading buzzy synths and beats for, a bleak but elegant set of chamber-pop ballads about aching and making do. Then, with her solo turn seemingly out of her system, she returned to Metric, which went on to release another string of hard-charging dance records. It's now been a decade since Haines' previous solo release, a 2007 EP titled

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readSociety
In Rural West Texas, Illegal Border Crossings Are Routine For U.S. Citizens
In some remote border towns in Texas along the Rio Grande, U.S. citizens cross back and forth for medical care in Mexico. It's a technically illegal reality that local Border Patrol acknowledges.
NPR4 min read
At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new gene therapy for a rare but devastating genetic disorder. The drugmaker says the cost is worth it because it's a one-time treatment that saves lives.
NPR3 min readScience
Why Corned Beef Sandwiches — And The Rest Of The Universe — Exist
Somehow, at the beginning of time, there was an imbalance of matter and antimatter. That's how all the stuff in the universe came about. Scientists think they may find an answer by studying neutrons.