I first heard Feist when I listened to the Feistodon single where she and the Atlanta-based prog quartet switched songs. Since then I looked more into her music, and I have to say I’m very impressed with her overall songwriting skills and amazing vocal ability. To be so aggressive vocally yet come across smoothly is a talent that not many people have. This talent can be seen throughout her catalogue of solo material and with her former band, Broken Social Scene.
Feist started her music career at age 15, playing in local venues around her hometown of Calgary. After a period Feist moved to Toronto and fronted/played guitar in a couple of bands. In 1999 she released her first solo record, Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down). Shortly after this she joined the group, Broken Social Scene which she rotated in and out of for a period. In 2004 she released, Let it Die. She toured behind Let it Die for three years receiving numerous awards, and in 2006 entered a studio where she recorded, The Reminder, which features one of her best songs, “1234.” In 2011, Feist continued on with her solo releases with the ironically titled, Metals.
Feist is such a talent that I feel I was lucky enough to stumble upon. Her music is so unique and vintage sounding, yet uniquely modern which leaves the listener up for a real treat.