The wait is over, Shufflers! Feist is back and fiercer than ever! Her new album, Metals, is a 12-track masterpiece of melodic gloom and marvel. It's out today, just in time for the seasonal shift. This time around, Feist is not aiming for any kind of cuteness or emphasis on handclapping. Nope. She's getting down to the nitty gritty.
Don't worry, Feist hasn't completely lost her softness. It's still very much there. She's just exploring a darker, more intense side, and she's doing it with such ease that it seems as if she's been waiting a while to birth such an album. There are still beautiful melodies and infectious choruses, it just seems like Feist has a lot to get off her chest. This time around album has strings, horns, and an overall emphasis on orchestral compositions.
Metals has a lot going on musically which is not a bad thing because Feist has got a great team. But even with an arsenal of musical talent to back her up, this album is notably much slower than past albums. Maybe this is Feist's intentional leap to make sure she's not boxing herself into a bubbly indie rock/pop genre. Though this album may still be categorized as indie, I'd say it's more modern indie blues this time around.
On Metals, Feist's voice is stronger and more piercing than ever. Whether she's belting or almost whispering, you're bound to get chills. There's a reason why she's one of our generation's most well known and respected female musicians. She's fearless, eloquent, inquisitive, and oh so charming.
Be sure to check out her first single from the album "How Come We Never Go There," also on Indie Shuffle.