Feist has always been a reliable source of good music. The singer-songwriter has been around for a while now and continues to remain high on the list of excellent female artists, even against the recent influx of the Courtney Barnett’s, Fiona Apple’s and the St. Vincent’s. Now with her fifth album, Pleasure, Leslie Feist looks set to keep leading the way.
Opening track ‘Pleasure’ kicks things off with a subdued, palm-muted opening as Feist croons her way into the ear canals. But as soon as the track wills you into leaning closer it erupts with a guitar riff that sets its own stage, delivering a rip-roaring display that has been lacking in a lot of 2017 records lately. It’s a – ahem, feisty beginning to a record that looks to maintain the same level of creativity thunder throughout.
‘I Wish I Didn’t Miss You’ follows with a heavily-strummed acoustic guitar laying down the seeds for a track about to bloom into a blossoming scene of heartbreak. Numerous effects are used on the vocals and guitars to project the stuttering fall of a broken heart, while Feist maintains a strong, but pained voice throughout. It’s a beautiful song, and one that uses all of the opening track’s gusto to get it through to the end.
Pleasure is a glorious descent into a mind filled with pain but allows the emotion to seep into more than just the lyrics. Feist’s vocals routinely switch between subdued hurt and fiery gusto, while the instrumentals range from hard hitting, fuzzy guitar meltdowns (‘Any Party’, ‘The Wind’) and soft, floating indie/folk music (‘A Man Is Not His Song’, ‘Century’). It’s filled with creativity, variety and makes for some entertaining listening. Feist has done very well here, and proves that even five albums in she still has a lot to offer. Good stuff.