Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Weekend Crush

I will admit that if you asked me a year ago if I knew who Feist was I would have shrugged and shook my head. In fact, it was the always discerning Scribe Grrrl herself who introduced me, and probably more than a few others, to one Leslie Feist. I should really send her a fruit basket or something. Since then, I can’t believe I ever lived in a world where I did not know her voice, a voice so filled with a haunting joy that each time I hear it anew almost makes me gasp.

Feist’s new album “The Reminder” could very well make her a star, with a major assist from the ever-present iPod nano commercial. I swear, every time it comes on I feel like dancing. Good thing I’m usually in my living room. While Feist may hook you with the boisterous buoyancy of “1234,” it’s the simple sadness of songs like “The Park” that will linger along the outskirts of your heart for days. Each time I put on “The Reminder,” I feel as if I’ve been given a gift. Equal parts exalted, beguiling and melancholic, it grows richer with every listen. And, once again, Scribe put it best: “The album does break your heart, in the best way. It makes you want to walk/run/ride/drive in the sun, in the spring, in a place and time where you can take the whole world into your chest and push it back out as music.” Check your doorstep, that fruit basket is coming. Happy weekend, all.

8 comments:

charmingsissy said...

great post! and you should definitely send that fruit basket...

Suffering Sappho said...

I only just discovered Feist, needless to say I now have "The Reminder" and her back catalog on CD no less!

She's amazing and my week long crush :D

Anonymous said...

I LOVE FEIST. she and Cat power changed my life since coming to college, and I think they were major in helping me come out. Feist last album, Let It Die, was remarkable, especially the title song. I'm so happy everyone is in love Leslie the way I am.

Anonymous said...

I love Feist too! She played a set on NPR's World Cafe yesterday. You can go to their site and take a listen.

slacker said...

As good as the albums and such are, if you get a chance to see her in concert...GO! She's an incredible musician and live performer.

pod said...

check out emily haines, who was with broken social scene with feist, and her album knives don't have your back...

saturae said...

If you haven't already, you may want to check out the Broken Social Scene cds - she's one of the many members. It's a fantastic band!

Also she is a guest singer on Kings of Convenience's record, Riot on an Empty Street. The two songs she sings in are "Know-How"and "The Build-Up." They are both achingly beautiful and were my first exposure to Feist.

ten said...

I made this awhile back...
http://nijg.net/b/?post=2005/08/22/23/10/28/