Metric’s new album ‘Synthetica’ now streaming in full, Lou Reed’s cameo totally not embarrassing

Emily Haines and company are back with “Synthetica,” the follow-up to 2009’s “Fantasies.” The album’s official release date is next week on June 12, but you can stream the whole thing below now.

At a first cursory listen it’s not clear there’s anything here as instantly memorable as Metric’s 2009 breakthrough single “Help I’m Alive,” which Haines wrote during a stint in Buenos Aires, but it sounds solid, vacillating between darkly gothic tones and exalted majors.

One notable occurrence on the album is a cameo by Lou Reed (on the song “The Wanderlust”), an opportunity that has been an unfortunate novelty that many bands and artists can’t seem to resist lately. Unlike his stilted interplay on songs by Gorillaz and The Killers, or the disastrous Metallica collaboration “Lulu,” Reed actually supports Haines’ vocal with a melodic response to her calls. It’s not exactly “Fistful of Love,” but it’s a respectable appearance.

Pitchfork notes Metric will play Jimmy Fallon on June 21, and the band will tour in support of “Synthetica” this fall—tour dates below.

09-06 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
09-08 Detroit, MI – the Fillmore
09-09 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
09-11 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
09-14 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
09-17 Charlotte, NC – the Fillmore
09-18 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09-20 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
09-21 Washington, DC – the Strathmore
09-22 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
09-23 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
09-27 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock
09-28 Miami, FL – the Fillmore
09-29 Tampa, FL – the Ritz
10-01 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10-02 St Louis, MO – the Pageant
10-04 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
10-05 Salt Lake City, UT – the Depot
10-06 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10-09 Los Angeles, CA – the Greek Theatre
10-10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater