For nearly a decade, Leslie Feist did not stop moving. Her 2004 Juno award winning album ‘Let It Die’ led right into 2007’s ‘The Reminder’, which earned her four Grammy nominations, six Juno wins, the Shortlist Music Prize, and the opportunity to teach Muppets to count on Sesame Street. She made her Saturday Night Live debut and toured the world. She covered an album with Beck, recorded with Wilco, and made a documentary about her visual collaborators on 'The Reminder'. And then, finally, after the seventh year, Feist rested.
When Feist was ready to make music again, she had very different ideas about how to shatter the quiet. “I had played so many shows with such care, I really wanted to turn it up again,” she says, referring to her early days as a guitarist in punk and rock bands. And so she moved on to fourth studio abum 'Metals’, which ranges sonically from low rumbling moody ambiences to being at times brutal and intense.
Ultimately, the aesthetic of ‘Metals’ has a deliberate patience, elemental wildness and natural beauty that echoes Feist’s new found observations on time. “I read a National Geographic article about soil and modern farming,” she says. “Soil does its job, but unless you let it rest it can’t regenerate its own minerals and do the same thing again. You just have to let it lay there under the sun, dry out, get rained on and be still a little while.” That she did. And now she’s back.