Metals. That’s all I can really say. I haven’t heard a better fall album recently, so this has been it for me. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but in truth, I’ve been listening to this album exclusively. Addicted!
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So, lately I’ve been stuck musically. I haven’t really been seeking out new music or really opening myself up to it and I suppose I could use being busy as an excuse. I’ve been basically listening to the same few albums again and again. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing! These albums have some seriously stunning tracks on them. Here are a few that maybe I’ve posted before, but I cannot get enough of:
Bahamas – “Lost In The Light”
This gorgeous song floors me every time. New video:
The Tallest Man On Earth – “Wind and Walls”
Every track on There’s No Leaving Now is quite beautiful:
Feist – “Graveyard”
Can’t believe the beginning of this tune and the end are actually in the same song:
Delta Spirit – “Ransom Man”
Sometimes when you listen to an album long enough, the songs you used to skip become your favorites:
Wilco – “One Sunday Morning”
I’ve found that this 12-minute final track on The Whole Love is perfect for an up island drive:
I hadn’t seen this video until now. And I just watched, finding myself alternately creeped out, fascinated and moved. A very cool concept, and well executed – and of course a gorgeous song.
Lately I’ve been revisiting Feist’s album, The Reminder…a collection of songs that really move me. If you haven’t listened to this album, I’d urge you to check it out. The words from this particular track keep running over and over in my head today…
“I had what I thought
were clear open eyes
vision not of a light
carrying pictures to lay on you
close up eyes let them in
to a mind opening
it’s the edge of love
You can’t unthink a thought
either it’s there or not
shadows of the mountain
don’t tell of what’s on earth
the breadth and the height
of an undiscovered first”
It’s been over a week since I saw Feist perform at the House Of Blues in Boston and I’m still absorbing it. When you get wrapped up in an artist’s work, you form your own unique opinion of who that person is, and what their art means. Then when you come face to face with the reality, it can disappoint. I’ve been a fan for years, and when I finally saw her live last week, Leslie Feist did not disappoint…seeing her only confirmed what I felt by listening to her music - She’s plugged in. She’s real. She’s incredibly unique. And she’s an extroardinary talent.
I’m very lucky to have a strong musical connection with my father. I frequently give him music that I’ve been enjoying and he almost always loves it too. Like me, he found himself deeply connected with Feist’s latest album, Metals and especially to a certain song – ”The Circle Married The Line”. He was so inspired that he created a very simple but striking painting to convey the song title’s image:
Dad wrapped up the painting and brought it to the show and we gave it to the person at the merch table, hoping he’d pass it along. My dad was SO excited to see Feist live, and he might’ve been the only 70-year-old in the audience. We stood by the front, entranced as she and her band opened with “The Bad In Each Other” and played a dark, barely recognizable rendition of “Mushaboom”. About 4 or 5 songs in, she said to the audience, “Jack Phaneuf, are you here?” and we shouted and waved at the stage from where we were standing. She said, “Jack, this goes out to you”, and played my dad’s favorite, as we smiled from ear to ear and shook our heads at each other in disbelief. That’s the kind of person Feist is.
Even aside from the shout out, the night was magical. The trio Mountain Man accompanies the band on tour these days, and their harmonies soared behind Feist’s vocals. We heard almost every song on Metals, and others like “I Feel It All”, “My Moon My Man”, ”So Sorry”, “Sea Lion Woman”, “The Limit To Your Love”, and “Let It Die”. A few special cameras were set up at strategic postitions onstage to project images on the back wall with a trippy kaleidoscope effect. You’ll see what I mean in the video below (complete with my Dad’s shoutout):
Heading to see Feist live at the House Of Blues in Boston, I wasn’t thinking much about who the opener would be. But the half hour or so that we spent listening to Timber Timbre was pretty memorable. This Canadien trio is VERY different. There’s a darkness, almost a creepiness to their music. And intentionally so! In face their latest album is called Creep On Creepin’ On.
I was standing towards the front of the stage while they played their set, and I noticed how entranced everyone around me was. It’s that eerie music that you’d maybe imagine if you were walking alone through a graveyard in the dark. It’s like the soundtrack to a spooky Tim Burton film. It’s the music they’d be playing on the jukebox in the underworld. This all may sound unpleasent, but there’s definitely something fascinating about this music. There’s a quiet dark beauty to it. It’s not like much else…it’s Timber Timbre:
“How Come You Never Go There” [LIVE]
Tonight. Tonight I see Feist live for the first time and I can barely contain my excitement! Her latest album, Metals, has been a large part of my musical world since it came out and I cannot wait to see how she performs these new tunes in a live setting. There are so many layers, intricate sounds, and delicate moments of silence in many of the tracks…and when I watch live videos like the one below, I have a feeling Feist has made it a priority to really nail the live arrangements. I’ll let you know how it is, and also fill you in on Timber Timbre, her opener. Posts about my experience seeing The Shins and Real Estate coming soon too!
“Caught Me Thinkin’”
I’ve been really loving the Bahamas album Barchords the past few days. Thanks to B for the suggestion! Bahamas is the stage name for Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen who used to work with Feist. He’s recently released this sophomore album, and I think it’s really wonderful. At times he reminds me of M. Ward, and other times his voice is remniscent of Amos Leee, but the music is always somewhat restrained…as if the silence is as important as the notes in between. When you hear Bahamas, you may think tropical beachy music, and this is probably the only track on the album that really matches up with that idea:
Feist – “The Bad in Each Other”
While I haven’t been listening to it as intensely as I did a few months ago, the latest Feist album is still in my rotation and whenever I do listen, I hear even more. When the album was really starting to resonate with me, I decided it would be incredible to see these songs done live, so I’m going to try my best to get tickets for her show this spring. I woke up to the news that she’ll play House Of Blues on May 7th! Pre-sale starts tomorrow.