Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – “Statuette” Video
Metric’s Emily Haines is reviving her old Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton moniker to release Choir Of The Mind, her first solo album in over a decade. Artist Justin Broadbent designed all of the artwork associated with the LP and directed the videos for early singles “Fatal Gift” and “Planets,” and he has again collaborated with Haines on the video for new single “Statuette,” a deceptively breezy groove paired with an uncomfortable casting couch scenario. “This video is a continuation of the work I’ve been doing with visual artist Justin Broadbent to accompany Choir Of The Mind. We replicated a sleazy audition taping where the objectified woman’s value is reduced to the commercial desirability of her flesh. In the video, I get to reclaim myself and own it in the end,” Haines explains. “It was one of the weirder shoots I’ve done, acting out that humiliation, conforming to the lowered standards of all the other girls who so desperately want the part. I love the contrast between the summertime bossa nova beat and this generic, sad setting. There’s a strong connection between the visual mood and the lyrics. ‘With all the coal in core, all the water and the oil, you can buy any girl in the world. With the soil that you borrow and the moral you deny, you can buy the eyes of the world.'” Watch below.