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Metric Release ‘Synthetica’ Companion Album and App

Users can tweak and remix cuts from the band’s 2012 album

Emily Haines of Metric performs in Seattle.Emily Haines of Metric performs in Seattle.

Emily Haines of Metric performs in Seattle.

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Metric are giving fans the chance to create new versions of tracks from their album Synthetica with a brand new interactive app released today, along with Synthetica Reflections, a companion LP to the 2012 release. Both are available from iTunes.

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The app will allow users to remix 11 tracks from Synthetica and Synthetica Reflections, as well as re-sequence them in whatever order they’d like. The design of the app was inspired by the late-Sixties Italian architecture collective Superstudio, whose work and imagery also made a big impact on Metric as they recorded Synthetica. You can try out the app for free with album cut “Lost Kitten”; each additional song will cost 99 cents, though you can pick up the whole thing for $7.99.

While Synthetica Reflections was previously available on streaming services – with some tracks appearing on the deluxe edition of Synthetica – its availability on iTunes marks its official wide release. Produced by Metric guitarist James Shaw, Reflections is an instrumental reworking of the original album and was performed entirely on a variety of analogue synthesizers.

Synthetica was recently nominated for Polaris Music Prize (though Godspeed You! Black Emperor took home Canada’s top honor for Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!); and you can also check out Metric’s new video for the album’s title cut, in which front woman Emily Haynes battles three replicas of herself in a twisted, macabre museum.


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