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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“How Come You Never Go There” [BECK REMIX!]
Love love love this remix. Just revisited it today and thought I would share. Considering the delicate beauty of Feist’s latest album, I’m impressed by what Beck has done here. The song is amped up…it’s harder, edgier. But the track isn’t too busy and it’s not too far off from the original (below). I dig!
Feist – Metals
If there was ONE album this year that I’d recommend to a music lover, it would be this one. And it’s not an album you can just appreciate with one listen. You’ve got to give it time, listen closely and quietly, and let it sink in. These songs have a feeling to them that comes with sitting and breathing, observing the world around you, and appreciating the beauty of life. It sounds like a massive undertaking, but I think it came easily to Leslie Feist, after she allowed herself an entire year without writing or creating music. I’m not sure exactly what she spent that year doing, but it’s clear that she plugged into something extremely special.
Feist – Metals
Every so often a piece of art will touch you very deeply…it’ll have an affect on you that you can’t even accurately explain in words. That’s how I feel about this album. I’ll attempt to explain.
Leslie Feist took a full year off before she began to write Metals. She said she wanted to learn how to be quiet and discover that “silence isn’t aggressive”, and that concept certainly shows through in these 12 tracks. There’s a depth to the sound that’s simply stunning…and yet under the layers of carefully constructed piano, guitars, drums, strings, horns, and harmonies, lies a still and utter silence. It’s most prominent in tracks like “Graveyard”, “Caught A Long Wind”, “Anti-Pioneer” and “Cicadas And Gulls”.
While a lot of the tunes have strength in their lovely, quiet power, there are louder and stronger moments too. “The Bad In Each Other” is a perfect start to the album, with it’s heavy drum beats and blasting horns. Halfway through the album, “The Commotion” really amps up the energy, and later, “Undiscovered First” also nails you with its power.
“The Circle Married The Line”, “Bittersweet Melodies”, and “Comfort Me” are my favorites for now…their words and vocal harmonies are incredibly moving. “Comfort Me” especially grabs you with it’s sudden choir of voices about 2 minutes in.
This is the type of album where the arrangements are the first to sink in, and the lyrics come after. In certain cases, the words are inaudible, but the full, lush sound of the song is what really soars – Feist’s voice is just another instrument added in to the glorious mix. There’s something to say about listening to this album outdoors. I feel that the change of seasons is really embraced by these sounds.
If you read this blog or know me at all, you know how I feel about the Fleet Foxes album, Helplessness Blues…it’s safe to say I never thought any album this year could move me the way that one did (does). I’m so happy I gave Metals the time and attention I did, because it has moved me in ways I never anticipated. It fills me with light…and strangely, hope.
Feist – “The Circle Married The Line”
The new Feist album has really had a strong impact on me in the last week or two. It took some time for it to sink in, but right now I’m moved beyond words by it. I’ll write more soon, but I wanted to point out some lyrics that really stood out to me tonight. There’s so much sonically going on with this album, the lyrics are just now starting to catch my attention.
“Realize what you know that you know by now
First light was last light was alright when
The circle married the line…
Even from away he is near me
Making me unendingly teary
Makes me remember the things that I forgot
It’s as much what it is as what it is not.”
Feist – “How Come You Never Go There”
Well, I’m still fighting the good fight against this sickness. I spent the weekend in bed mostly…and I feel very removed from “reality”. Today I saw that Feist had released a new single from her forthcoming album, Metals (October 4th), and I was psyched to listen. No surprise – it sounds great, and this album (along with Wilco’s) is what I’m most excited for in terms of fall releases.