Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist has fronted punk bands, played in Broken Social Scene, and backed her pal Peaches, but is most beloved for her introspective folk-pop solo albums, which she releases between side jaunts. She possesses an ethereal voice that slides effortlessly into a haunting soprano, and applies this to melodic tunes that brush up against electronica, Tin Pan Alley pop, and good old-fashioned confessional folk. She has been remixed by various DJs and collaborated with hipsters both current (the Postal Service) and vintage (Jane Birkin). Her 2007 album, THE REMINDER, topped many critics' best-of-the-year lists.
Limited edition import digi-pack pressing of her sophomore album. Includes the single, 'My Man My Moon'. Universal. 2007.
Feist is the solo project of Canada's Leslie Feist, a prolific artist who has also played in one capacity or another with Broken Social Scene, Kings of Convenience and half a dozen other bands. The Reminder, her third release, comes from the same well of quiet, appealing songwriting, and delicate vocalizations that made 2004's Let It Die such a sweet treat. This one is a bit more hushed and ballad heavy, closer to Cat Power than Peaches (with whom Feist has also worked with in the past) but maintains an indie-minded blend of confessional pop, jazzy folk, and lo-fi torch songs. The comparatively upbeat single "My Moon My Man" splits her voice off into unexpected harmonies, just dissonant enough to stick in your head. It's hard to predict where her melodies are going to end up; "Brandy Alexander" starts with a simple snap-pulse, and gradually unfolds into a cathartic chorus of sweeping vocal overlays. Throughout, the record profits from a simple, unfussy aesthetic that keeps the production minimal and the emphasis squarely on Feist's cracking, wistful vibrato. Everything sounds deliberate, but not obsessed over, like an e-mailed wedding invitation. It's a low-pressure vibe, welcoming and content to linger. And linger you will. --Matthew Cooke
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Feist paints a surreal landscape of the world around her. Her voice is always
strong and expresses the feelings and moods behind her songs. The entire CD is
filled with strong tracks, including The Water, My Moon My Man, and the single 1
2 3 4. Those seeking a soothing and sometimes haunting chanteuse should keep
Feist high on their list of artists to keep a watch on.
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Our friends from Up North keep on proving us that they have more than just
hockey hair and beer. They also have quality acts like Stars and Feist. If you
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