It’s never an easy task to review a Feist album; her songs strike so close to the heart that every time I review them, it feels like I’m giving away a little too much about myself. And that is not romantic, it’s mostly embarrassing to say the least.
So as much as I loved her music, I do like what most good adults do; I restrain myself. A little bit of self restraint can go a long way, just like how if someone caught you humming to the tune of “Copacabana” as if nobody’s listening (Apparently, I do that alot), they’re not gonna take you seriously for a long time. And I mean a LONG time….
Metals on the other hand, isn’t so much of a sweet endeavour than a startling jolt to reality. In the album, Feist sings and writes about modern horrors like regret, unyielding grudges or the poisonous and blindsiding transition from love to hate, her voice like molten metal flowing through the cracks of the heart, searing and burning like salt to the wound. A Commotion! is Feist performing an exorcism on those whom reality had dismissed; it hits hard to banish all those airy fairy fantasies of happy endings, requited love, yadah yadah and yadah.
It’s harsh and unsettling in a way that is like watching a scary movie … and than not so much.
In the end, Metals is not without its good intentions. The album is a lovingly written ballad for all the lost, wandering souls of the universe, an anchor for those who took flight and were never able to land. The destination is where the circle married the line, a horizon line where the sun sets with a promise of a new tomorrow.
So it the end, its still very much the Feist we know. When the metal hardens, it’s gonna end up holding the cracks together.
Seriously, who the hell is Adele?!
The Water, was decidedly one of the best tracks in Feist’s tremendously successful career. In it, Feist sings about the fluidity of loss and the freezing waters of desertion haunted by the ghost of a simple, yet profound piano arrangement. It’s so good it almost always bring a frosted tear to my eye.
Her boyfriend, Kevin Drew (from Broken Social Scene, the massive Canadian alternative music collective whose members may have included at least half of Canada’s population and even someone’s cat at one point) has made a 15 minute short film, channeling the emotional resonance of the song into a short story of a bizzare and unsettling winter fairy tale. The short film glides slowly like a lazy stream, providing a lingering but brutally honest look into the human isolation that surrounds a miracle of perhaps, divine intervention. It is beautifully shot and played out, littered with telling glances and hints that betrays a narrative that seemed to be going nowhere. But it all kinda makes sense in the end, Feist does look like Cillian Murphy in some ways, doesn’t she?
Oh yah, Cillian Murphy. I tried so hard to just focus on the artistic merits of Kevin Drew’s new work (perhaps too much) and ignore that fact that Cillian Murphy is in this. He is awfully good looking, and kinda creepy, isn’t he?
Watch the ending to the short film below:
To see the full 15 minute film, click here (link lasts only until this Thursday).
May you have sexy nightmares with Cillian Murphy. And kudos to the Canadians, whom I consider to be some of the best types of Ang Moh.
Photo Credits to http://exclaim.ca
Mew will be releasing their new rock fable in the later half of this year. As a follow up to And the Glass Handed Kites, you can only expect more ethereal dreamscape kinetics and luminous epic rock fantasies to come. Also, they will be performing at Summersonic this year. Gosh, the Japanese have it good, man.
Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power)
Conor Oberst (a.k.a Bright Eyes)
Spoon, My Morning Jacket, Cat Power, Feist, the Decemberists, Conor Oberst, Sufjan Stevens, The Arcade Fire etc etc, will be joining forces for the charity collaboration super album “Dark was the night” for the Red Hot Organisation. It’s like the Justice League of musical philantrophists. click here to listen to Feist’s collaboration with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.
Bat For Lashes, a.k.a. Natasha Khan will be releasing her second album “Two Suns” on the 6th of April. Click here to listen to the new single off the album, “Daniel”.
Phoenix - Sofia Coppola soundtrack extraordinaire and practitioners of casual French cool, Phoenix will be releasing their new album, Wolfgang Amadeus in Late May. Click here to go to their a website for an impressive pyrotechnics performance and a free download of the first single, “1901″.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Karen O and gang will be releasing their new album, “It’s Blitz” on April 6th. Listen to their new single “Zero” at their website. Do it before Karen O gobbles you up.