We first heard Metric’s excellent single in acoustic form, soundtracking a montage of confessional interviews with singer/songwriter Emily Haines. In the video, posted on the band’s site last fall, we learned Emiliy had been on a soul-searching sojourn in Buenos Aires (go Boca Juniors) after contemplating quitting writing altogether. “I just felt like I didn’t want to write that script again for myself, of like, how complex can things be?” she explained (sort of). “It was like I took it as complex as I could. My life sucked.” :( The songs eventually composed in Argentina were among “the simplest and clearest writing” of her life, though, and “Help, I’m Alive” with its vulnerable refrain (“If I stumble/ They’re gonna eat me alive/ Can you hear my heart beating like a hammer?”) was the first completed. “It pretty much sums up the state I’ve been in since I came here, I guess since I was honest with myself and accepted that like I’m really scared. And I don’t know where my life is going. And I don’t know what I’m doing.” You’ve already heard the new wavey full-band version (and perhaps the whole album). Now “Help”‘s got a music video and dancey remix (courtesy of The Twelves). The bare bones version, with Emily on piano and James on acoustic guitar, is still my favorite, so you’ll find that after the jump too.
Fantasies is available now in a cornucopia of packages at ilovemetric.com/store. Choose between MP3, FLAC, vinyl, hardcover digipack, and a wild Fantasies deluxe edition that costs $65 but does not come with Emily’s cell number.