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Album Review: Metric – Fantasies (Metric Music International)

By | Published on Monday 27 April 2009


Metric are self-described as a “nomadic” outfit because of the way they zip from one city to the next; from Toronto to London, Los Angeles to New York, they never really settle in one place long enough to claim that they are based there. Their music kind of reflects that: it’s changeable, but its heart belongs to the strong, multi-faceted indie of the country they claim their true home: Canada. ‘Fantasies’, the band’s fourth release, sits comfortably between the poppy charm of Rilo Kiley and The Like, and the edgier girl-fronted set Tilly And The Wall. Starting off with The Postal Service-esque ‘Help I’m Alive’, ‘Fantasies’ sails through smoothly, guided by Emily Haines’ pretty but self-assured vocals, and the band’s seamless instrumentation that incorporates both bass-heavy indie rock foundations and flawless, studio-perfect synths. ‘Satellite Mind’ is the album’s sure and catchy focal point, and has an almost Auf Der Maur-feel to it, with its rhythmic bass and acidic lyrics. ‘Fantasies’ is a strong fourth effort from indie rock’s favourite drifters. TW

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