If Florence Welch had to record an album in a closet, it would sound a lot like Canadian indie-pop artist; Feist. But that simple comparison isn’t fair: Leslie Feist, after all, is cool enough to go by her last name alone. Feist’s new album, Pleasure, utilizes claustrophobic production and sparse instrumentation to make a memorable statement. Songs like “Get Not High, Get Not Low” and “I’m Not Running Away” are understated blues tracks featuring Feist’s emotional crooning set over beats just prominent enough to drive the songs forward. Meanwhile, “Any Party” pulses of folk-rock simplicity. “You know I’d leave/any party for you”, she laments, and judging by the album, it’s more of a get-high party than a get-drunk one.
At times, it seems the album is more fit to drift than to purposefully swim towards any particular shoreline. But, if anything, it speaks to Feist’s ability to create a sound and stick with it, using it to her advantage in her storytelling. Where her previous album, Metals, has sharper production, the albums are very similar musically, with Feist’s eerie vocals constantly echoing throughout both. She’s the main presence in the music, as the instruments very infrequently have moments where they overtake it. Feist goes the “less is more” route and succeeds because of the conviction to the craft.
Listen to the title track “Pleasure” below