Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Metric Strips Down



Beauty meets Buffalo. In an exclusive iTunes session, Metric recently recorded 8 new tracks – one of which is an elegant but forlorn cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Expecting to Fly.” One thing’s for sure, you can expect these tracks to soar - at least in my books you can. Emily Haines' vulnerability and delicate music-box vocals are captivating in this three-minute track. Her softness laces through the swooping strings and piano, making this cover of Neil Young’s calm, falsetto hum equally as moving as the original. I’m surprised by the maturity and control of Metric’s adaptation of Springfield’s track, which was released in 1967 as part of the band’s Again album. The original is a transcendent piece of psychedelic rock representative of the year of it’s release, while Metric’s is a sweet and dreamy flickering piece light in the early new year.

There you stood on the edge of your feather/ Expecting to fly/ While I laughed, I wondered whether I could wave goodbye/ Knowin' that you'd gone/ By the summer it was healing/ We had said goodbye/ All the years we'd spent with feeling/ Ended with a cry/ Babe, ended with a cry/

Look for the exclusive iTunes session today!
Emily Haines and Neil Young compare notes

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