Countdown to Polaris – Feist

Photo Credit: April Yablonovitch

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize shortlist has been announced. To celebrate, let’s here’s a weekly look back at the nominees.

Week three: Feist – Pleasure

The queen of Canadian indie, Feist, is noted to be the first female artist to win the Polaris Music Prize; for 2011’s Metals.  And now, six years later, she has returned to the spotlight with Pleasure.

Exploring emotional themes of loss and shame, with heavy, electric guitars prominent over careful piano and acoustic instruments, the album soars through eleven diverse tracks of unpredictable rawness combined with the gentle softness we have come to love Leslie Feist for since her days with Broken Social Scene.  While songs like “Lost Dreams” and “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You” float through sleepy sadness only wake the senses with hard crescendos through,  “Any Party” completely embraces a layered electric blues atmosphere.

The album is also a fairly stripped down Feist effort.  It features contributions from Pulp singer, Jarvis Cocker, Toronto collective Choir! Choir! Choir! and saxophonist Colin Stetson; but unlike in past albums, the guest list is short, giving the album the feeling that that the artist is baring her soul as she sees fit.

In her fifth studio album, Feist once again demonstrates why she’s a tour de force; earning once again respect internationally, and right here at home.

Find out on September 18th if she will take home her second Polaris Music Prize!

Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.

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