Metric’s mysterious new album cover for “Synthetica” is met with an equally quixotic tracklist of song names like “The Void,” “Artificial Nocturne” and “Speed the Collapse.” But we’re looking most forward to “Lost Kitten,” natch.
The Canadian rock act has lifted the veil on their new album’s cover art and tracklist, in addition to revealing what work in the studio looked and sounded like. Fans can preview some clips of songs and track samples (a module dubbed “Reflections of Synthetica”) through the band’s website, in addition to streaming a couple bits below.
As for the cover shot, it was composed by Toronto photographer/designer Justin Broadbent.
“I like looking into things that are looking into things,” Broadbent said in a statement. “Like a pool reflecting the sky, or a television in a shop window. For the ‘Synthetica’ cover I tried to create a beautiful landscape that doesn’t sit comfortably with the viewer.”
Metric’s first single from “Synthetica,” “Youth Without Youth,” will drop on or around May 1 and will apparently boast a Gary Glitter beat. The album is out on June 12 through the band’s own label in conjunction with Mom + Pop in America. The band has also announced several tour dates, including a weird one-off in Kansas City, their Lollapalooza stop and Osheaga in Montreal.
Now, here is a Metric cover of a Tom Waits song, posted earlier this week:
Here is the tracklist for “Synthetica”:
1. Artificial Nocturne
2. Youth Without Youth
3. Speed the Collapse
4. Breathing Underwater
5. Dreams So Real
6. Lost Kitten
7. The Void
10. The Wanderlust
11. Nothing But Time
Here are Metric’s tour dates:
5/26 Georga, WA – Sasquatch Festival
5/27 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
6/2 Kansas City, MO – Live Strong Sporting Park
6/16 Belleville, ON – Big Music Fest
6/26 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
6/28 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
6/30 Istanbul, Turkey – Mono Festival
7/2 London, UK – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
7/3 Paris, France – Le Trianon
7/4 Amsterdam, Holland – Melweg
7/7 Manchester UK – HMV Ritz
7/8 Oxford, UK – 02 Academy
8/3-5 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza Festival
8/3-5 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival