As the lead singer of the band Metric, Emily Haines has won quite a few accolades. Recently, Haines announced that she has recorded a new solo album that is sure to create a stir in the music world. Called “Choir Of The Mind,” this release is officially credited to Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. Haines has been working on this second solo record since 2006. Currently, Haines is on the road with a mysterious and evocative group called Broken Social Scene (BSS). It remains to be seen if Haines’ new album will follow the contemplative, indie-rock model of BSS or if it the brash synthpop of Metric. Many people are wondering if Haines’ new album will feature socially aware or political themes. After all, Metric is active in Global Citizen, an artists’ collective designed to promote positive social change.
With Metric, Haines demonstrated enormous ability and talent. If the past is any guide, Haines should continue to demonstrate her talent in a variety of unforgettable ways. Throughout the world, Haines has many fans who are deeply loyal and willing to support this singer’s artistry. Although Haines’ voice is fairly attractive, she certainly isn’t the most technically accomplished singer. Nevertheless, there is little doubt that Haines is fully qualified to move listeners with her emotive artistic vision. I feel that this vocalist deserves more recognition for her outstanding qualities. Throughout the world, Metric is inspiring people to create their own musical groups.
I am grateful that Haines is releasing a new album soon. This is a very evocative artist with a boundless musical vision that can create joy for thousands of fans. Although Metric has never been a household name, this band has achieved a large cult following. Hopefully, Haines will further broaden her audience after she releases her new solo album. Although it is difficult to predict how the public will respond to this record, Haines has the necessary talent to achieve great things.
After a few years out of the spotlight, the eclectic music group Gorillaz is back. Led by lead singer and mastermind Damon Albarn, Gorillaz proved its excellence when it released a surprise new video for a song called “Sleeping Powder.” Billed as a solo outing from virtual Gorillaz member 2-D, this song features a fairly Beatles-like intro. After this classic-rock intro, the song evolves into unique exercise in electro, funk and psychedelic pop-rock. Gorillaz started their recent musical resurgence back in April when they released their “Humanz” album. According to Albarn, there are several dozen finished songs left over from their last round of sessions`. Only time will tell how many surprise releases Albarn has in store. It is remarkable and gratifying that this band has become so prolific as of late.
“Sleeping Powder” has already made a mark on the world of music journalism. Over time, this band’s commercial accomplishments may reach remarkable new heights. Without doubt, this band is one of the most advanced multimedia groups in modern music history. Albarn and his collaborators are doing all they can to expand the limits of modern music and popular culture. Instead of making do by aping the successes of the past, Gorillaz have clearly decided to adopt a bold new methodology for making music
In some ways, the new Gorillaz sound reminds me of the New Zealand artist who goes by Ladyhawke. Just like Ladyhawke, Gorillaz seems capable of adapting to the times without seeming inauthentic. It wouldn’t suprise to learn that Albarn has heard Ladyhawke’s “Anxiety” album. Gorillaz is trying very hard to maintain a contemporary sound. It remains to be seen if this aim will prove truly feasible. Although this album is primarily a vehicle for the talents of Damon Albarn, one could argue that Albarn’s collaborators always manage to make themselves heard. In the past, Albarn has collaborated with talents as diverse as Miko Hatori, De La Soul and Del The Funky Homosapien.
Recently, Dan Auerbach released his second solo album, entitled “Waiting On A Song.” For the making of this album, Auerbach recruited an assortment of Nashville music legends. This ensemble included big players like guitarist Duane Eddy, keyboardist Robert Wood and drummer G. Christman. Having already become a hugely successful member of the Black Keys, Auerbach appears determined to achieve success on his own. These people played on well-known hits by people like Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield. Interestingly, Auerbach wrote this album’s title song with John Prine. Auerbach revealed that during the year that it took to write this album, he avoided the Internet whenever possible. This tactic allows people to have the peace and quiet they need to really focus on their art.
Auerbach recently discussed his new album with a journalist from a major music site. Reading this interview, it quickly becomes clear that Auerbach is deeply knowledgeable about music. Indeed, Auerbach deserves widespread recognition for his willingness to broaden his musical horizons.
I certainly hope that Auerbach’s newest album becomes commercially successful. Without doubt, this individual has proven himself highly capable as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. When people are able to demonstrate fluency in so many different roles, these musicians truly deserve to have successful careers. People are mistaken when they argue that rock music does not serve a useful, functional purpose. However, one could argue that as people go through their stressful lives, excellent rock music helps people get through life with more contentment and less frustration. Only time will tell how the public will respond to Auerbach’s latest album. However, this musician has built a vast audience through his work with the Black Keys and a variety of other groups. Along with his high-profile collaborator, Dan Burton, Auerbach has revitalized rock music for a new generation. In interviews, I feel that this musician demonstrates an outstanding ability to explain his brilliant musical ideas.