Metric Detail New Album 'Formentera II,' Share "Just the Once"

Catch the band live in Saint John, St. John's and Elora next month

BY Allie GregoryPublished Jul 7, 2023

After teasing new music earlier this week, Metric have officially announced their follow-up to last year's Formentera. Fittingly titled Formentera II, the album is out on October 13 via Metric Music International / Thirty Tigers.

The album was recorded primarily at the band's Main Street Studios outside Toronto between 2020 and 2022, and was completed at Motorbass Studios in Paris in 2023. It was co-engineered and co-produced by Jimmy Shaw, Liam O'Neil and Gus van Go.

Today, they've shared new single "Just the Once," which features strings composed and arranged by Drew Jureka (Dua Lipa). The track was mixed by Stuart White (Beyoncé).

Vocalist Emily Haines said of the track in a statement:

The only way I can describe "Just the Once" is to call it "regret disco." It's a song for when you need to dance yourself clean. Beneath the sparkling surface, there's a lyrical exploration of a simple word with many meanings. Once is a word that plays a game of opposites. Once can mean once-upon-a-time and refer to a moment in the past, or it can mean someday, once something happens. And as for doing something only once versus doing something once in a while, well, I think we all know how vast the difference is between the two.

Listen to that below, where you can also find the album's tracklist and Metric's upcoming tour dates.

Formentera II:

1. Detour Up
2. Just the Once
3. Stone Window
4. Days Of Oblivion
5. Who Would You Be for Me
6. Suckers
7. Nothing Is Perfect
8. Descendants
9. Go Ahead and Cry

Metric 2023 Tour Dates:

07/08 Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/10 New York, NY - Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage
07/11 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
07/13 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/14 Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at the Mann
07/15 Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway
08/04–06 Saint John, NB - Area 506 Festival
08/18 St. John's, NL- Churchill Park Music Festival
08/19–20 Elora, ON - Riverfest @ Bissell Park

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