Feist is a 41-year-old gypsy-like wonder hailing from Nova Scotia. A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, the airy-voiced songstress boasts clever poetic prose and wistful baroque pop arrangements throughout her writing.
Now, Feist (whose real name is Leslie) is back on the music front with the recent spring release of her fifth studio album Pleasure. Distributed via Universal Canada, the record stands as a follow-up to her 12-track record Metals released six years ago in 2011, which the artist won a Polaris Prize for that same year.
Her new video for her song “Century,” a track off of Pleasure, was directed by award-winning film director Scott Cudmore, who has directed music videos for other such artists like The New Pornographers, SPOON, and Belle and Sebastian.
Featuring a cameo by Jarvis Cocker, former front man of British rock band Pulp, “Century” focuses in on Feist and her doppelgänger (save for the mismatched hairstyles) circling each other in a desolate area beneath what could be a highway. A crowd of empty-faced onlookers surround them.
Cocker also collaborated on “Century” along with Los Angeles-based keyboardist Brian LeBarton.
As for Pleasure, Paste pinpointed liner notes from Universal Canada’s description for the voice of the record as being “an exploration into emotional limits… loneliness, private ritual, secrets, shame, mounting pressures, disconnect, tenderness, rejection, care and the lack thereof.”
Feist will embark on a summer tour in Europe and the UK. The first show kicks off Wednesday, July 19, at Olympia in Paris, France, and the tour will come to an end Saturday, August 19, at Steinbergasse-Winterthur in Winterthur, Switzerland. A slew of dates have been added for a North America and Canada leg in the fall, which will commence Thursday, September 28 at Bella Concert Hall in Calgary, Canada.
For a full list of dates and ticket information, visit Feist’s official website.
View her latest music video for “Century” below.