Emily Haines Announces New Solo Album

After 11 years, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton are back. We’re so excited, we almost swore.

Known for Broken Social Scene and Metric, Emily Haines started the project Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton in the early 2000s. The project only produced one full-length LP and the 2007 extended EP, What Is Free To A Good Home?

At a press conference for Indie Week in New York, Haines alluded to working on new material, but didn’t announce the release. Rolling Stone reported on Friday that Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton’s sophomore album, Choir of The Mind, will be released on Last Gang Records/eOne, September 15. This’ll be Haine’s first solo album in 11 years.

Even after the grind of recording and touring, Haines tells BTRtoday she’s still passionate about making music.

“I love it so much I almost swore,” she says.

On Friday, Haines released the video for “Fatal Gift,” a single from the forthcoming album. The song starts slow and sad, with Haines asking “how much do I own you” and it builds to the danceable, heart-pumping beats Haines is known for.

While she approaches recording with passion and care, Haines’ real allegiance is live music.

“What you can’t fake is a live performance,” she says. “I need to know what drives them.” She mentioned being a fan of and possibly working with all-girl Australian indie band Beaches.

Haines is also featured on the new Broken Social Scene album Hug of Thunder, out July 7 via City Slang/Arts & Crafts.