Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton’s Choir of the Mind has been a huge part of the soundtrack of 2017. Each video for the album so far — Planets, Fatal Gift, and Statuette — have followed the protagonist Haines calls Red Hoodie. Legend of the Wild Horse is, in Haines’ own words, a sinister and abstract conclusion to the clues and riddles presented to us in the last three videos.
Legend of the Wild Horse — directed by Justin Broadbent — follows Red Hoodie, stalking a suburban housewife with kids, a big TV set, and a pink silk dressing gown. Ms. Suburbia represents the conventional life and Red Hoodie the other path she could have taken, which is what the song is about. You can read more about it from Emily herself in an interview she did with W Magazine to accompany the video’s premiere.
Red Hoodie is the wild horse of legends, and I kind of love that we’ve received an Emily Haines doppelganger and a Feist doppelganger (as played by Maria Doyle Kennedy in her video for Century), all in one video year. I told you it was gonna be a good year for music, didn’t I?
PS, Emily also mentioned in the Metric newsletter that the band will be headed to the studio very soon to record their next album.
Oh, and PPS, you can now find a specially designed red hoodie for yourself on the Emily Haines’ webstore.