In Metric’s frontwoman Emily Haines will soon be releasing Choir of the Mind, a solo album under the name Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. The album is her first solo release in over a decade, and is expected to drop on September 15th.
As a teaser she has released an official music video for “Statuette”, one of the tracks from the forthcoming album. The video was artistically produced by Justin Broadbent, who also directed the videos for the prematurely released tracks “Fatal Gift” and “Planets”. He single-handedly provided all the artwork that the LP entails, and the video for “Statuette” is a representative example of the dark and tranquil artistic direction that he took in its production.
“This video is a continuation of the work I’ve been doing with visual artist Justin Broadbent to accompany Choir Of The Mind. We replicated a sleazy audition taping where the objectified woman’s value is reduced to the commercial desirability of her flesh. In the video, I get to reclaim myself and own it in the end,” Haines explains. “It was one of the weirder shoots I’ve done, acting out that humiliation, conforming to the lowered standards of all the other girls who so desperately want the part. I love the contrast between the summertime bossa nova beat and this generic, sad setting. There’s a strong connection between the visual mood and the lyrics. ‘With all the coal in core, all the water and the oil, you can buy any girl in the world. With the soil that you borrow and the moral you deny, you can buy the eyes of the world.’”
Check out somberly beautiful video below. You can reorder Choir of the Mind from Emily Haines website.
Photo credit: Raymond Flotat