If the golden rule of solo-projects is to showcase a side of yourself that you couldn’t in your primary band, then Emily Haines has passed the test with flying colours.

Over the years, she’s touched many hearts with Metric, but her latest solo album as Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton offers an insight to the famous Canadian singer that’ll feel new to many of us. Choir of the Mind is a theatrical album, but it never feels exaggerated. Instead, it feels immediate, urgent, and most importantly...it feels very honest. There’s a candour to the album that you wouldn’t expect to experience from someone who’s usually so guarded, and that in itself makes the listening experience a standout.

Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Emily Haines to discuss the difference between Metric and Soft Skeleton, being open about what you’re going through, how music can strengthen from theatricality, touring solo and the weird logistics of doing so. Check out their conversation below.

“To me the greatest songs ever written are the songs that don’t depend on any instrumentation or genre.”

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