GULF WEEKLY: Unless you are an avid follower of the Canadian indie pop scene or you remember that insane earworm of a song – 1234 – that became the soundtrack for the Apple iPod Nano advert in 2007, we doubt you have heard of Feist.
The singer-songwriter has released one of her quietest but most poignant albums so far, after a six-year break during which she drew thematic inspiration from a pair of life-changing ruptures: the birth of her daughter and the sudden death of her father.
On Multitudes, the artist, who was born Leslie Fiest but is better-known by just her last name, juggles the burdens of motherhood, daughterhood and her rock star livelihood.
Released last Friday, the 12-track album was recorded during her live residency in Europe and North America, also titled Multitudes.
“The last few years were such a period of confrontation for me, and it feels like it was at least to some degree for everyone,” she added.
“We confronted ourselves as much as our relationships confronted us. It felt like our relational ecosystems were clearer than ever and so whatever was normally obscured — like a certain way of avoiding conflict or a certain way of talking around the subject — were all of a sudden thrust into the light.
“And in all that reassessment, the chance to find footing on healthier, more honest ground became possible, and the effort to maintain avoidance actually felt like it took more effort than just handing ourselves over to the truth.”
Multitudes by Feist is now available on all major music streaming platforms.