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I just read about her in an issue of Entertainment Weekly. They gave her new album "The Reminder" a great review, so it piqued my interest and I checked her out. She's not a new artist (this is her third album), so here's a little info from Amazon and a couple of You Tube videos:

Amazon.comFeist is the solo project of Canada's Leslie Feist, a prolific artist who has also played in one capacity or another with Broken Social Scene, Kings of Convenience and half a dozen other bands. The Reminder, her third release, comes from the same well of quiet, appealing songwriting, and delicate vocalizations that made 2004's Let It Die such a sweet treat. This one is a bit more hushed and ballad heavy, closer to Cat Power than Peaches (with whom Feist has also worked with in the past) but maintains an indie-minded blend of confessional pop, jazzy folk, and lo-fi torch songs. The comparatively upbeat single "My Moon My Man" splits her voice off into unexpected harmonies, just dissonant enough to stick in your head. It's hard to predict where her melodies are going to end up; "Brandy Alexander" starts with a simple snap-pulse, and gradually unfolds into a cathartic chorus of sweeping vocal overlays. Throughout, the record profits from a simple, unfussy aesthetic that keeps the production minimal and the emphasis squarely on Feist's cracking, wistful vibrato. Everything sounds deliberate, but not obsessed over, like an e-mailed wedding invitation. It's a low-pressure vibe, welcoming and content to linger. And linger you will.

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My Moon My Man

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It's different that what I normally listen to, but I thought it would be nice to put her name out there to illustrate that pop music is not just sung by slutty teens in low pants.

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I think I prefer her stuff with Broken Social Scene, because I like her songwriting better when it's really big and glorious and has a lot of instrumental backing. But she's good on her own too, I really like "1, 2, 3, 4"

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I thought it was a bdork video for "1,2,3,4." Anything that reminds me of bdork is off limits - I'm liable to get an ulcer. I guess it's just the "Gatekeeper" song that I like and even that was ruined when it's being used to hock hbsc loan-sharking.

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