After an intentional hiatus from her junior album The Reminder, Leslie Feist did some soul searching before erupting our eardrums and souls with her latest (and might I add highly anticipated) album, Metals; released October 3rd.As a Canadian native and world traveler (she spent time in places from Paris to New Mexico before recording and finishing Metalsin Big Sur, CA), Feist is known for vocal chords which haunt and may break your heart, all the while restoring it. Her melodies have a way of surpassing the typical average toe-tapping beats and her lyrics paint pictures of one’s unknown and known desires.
Feist fans have definitely been waiting patiently for her to grace us with her presence and graced us she has! Feist produced a dozen short, vague, and just plain cool clips on her listentofeist.com website to give fans a glimpse of what Metals would be like. By the time those videos were widely public, anticipation turned into profound curiosity. And for me, such wonderments would halt on November 12th—the date of her first and only Southern California show.
Arriving to her easily sold-out show in Los Angeles, I made it in time for a familiar opener. Chilly Gonzales is known as a quirky piano genius who is behind a lot Feist tracks and in Feist’s own words, “one of my best friends.” Gonzales played a short and sweet set, which surprised though contented the crowd and myself. When the lights and stage finished rearranging, Feist made her way to the stage alongside a three-piece band and a trio of vocalists (also known as Mountain Man) and with bells mildly jingling and an electric guitar slowly cueing “Undiscovered First”.
The crowd jeered and some swayed in a hypnotic fashion, for her voice effortlessly soothes even the rowdiest of settings. Feist played practically all her new songs alongside a couple of oldies and remakes of what was an almost unrecognizable “Mushaboom” and “So Sorry ” (think less pop infused and more slowly paced). In addition, a soul-reviving performance of “A Commotion” eloquently portrayed the depth of talent Feist and her Metals album embodies — something akin to delicate yet dark and that’s inviting through instruments and luring through lyrics.
Deep into the show, Feist gave both praise and spotlight to Mountain Man when they sang an old Appalachian folk song a cappella, which was a unique treat.
|Thu, Dec 1st||Toronto, ON||
|Sat, Dec 3rd||Montreal, QC||
|Mon, Dec 5th||Ottawa, ON||
National Arts Centre
|Tue, Dec 6th||Quebec, QC||
Grand Théâtre de Québec