One of the standout tracks on Metric's latest entry into their 15-year oeuvre, Synthetica, features vocals by a figure who helped lay the foundation of modern alternative rock, Lou Reed.
On "The Wanderlust," a song that arrives close to album's end, the breathy alto of vocalist Emily Haines gives way to the rough-edged tenor of Reed.
Speaking over the phone from a vacation in Spain, Haines excitedly recalls working with Reed on one of the album's perkier tracks, full of shimmering synthesizers and trilling guitar work.
"Old Lou, Uncle Lou!" she declares. "It was so great."
-Metric's Emily Haines on Synthetica and "Examining What's Real and What's Artificial"