Metric stream new album ‘Synthetica’ ahead of official release – audio

The album features guest backing vocals from Lou Reed

Metric are streaming their fifth album, ‘Synthetica’, online ahead of its June 25 release date. Scroll down to listen to the LP.

The record contains a total of 11 tracks and has been produced by the group’s guitarist Jimmy Shaw.

The Canadian band recently spoke about collaborating with Lou Reed, who appears on an album track called ‘The Wanderlust’, singing backing vocals. Singer Emily Haines told NME that she first became friendly with The Velvet Underground man when he quoted lyrics from the Metric song ‘Gimme Sympathy’ at her.

Speaking about the track they recorded together, Haines said: “We had this bit in ‘The Wanderlust’ which needed a back-up and I thought he’d be perfect, so I called him up and he said yes right away. He’s one of the finest songwriters ever and to have him on our record is a huge honour.”

Haines also spoke to NME about the making of ‘Synthetica’ and revealed that the band wrote around 20 songs for the record, but quickly realised which ones merited inclusion on the LP and which didn’t.

She said: “We didn’t much pressure on ourselves early on, we just let things come out and after a while it became pretty obvious what the strongest songs were. We had between 15 and 20 tracks and we went through them very democratically. At this stage in our careers, there’s no real problem with egos, we’re all quite good at letting things go.”

Metric will celebrate the album’s release with a short UK tour, playing a total of three shows in July. The gigs begin in London at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on July 2, the band then play Manchester’s HMV Ritz on July 7 and finally Oxford’s O2 Academy on July 8.