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!

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