Four years after her acclaimed hit album "The Reminder" to Feist announces their new work back: "Metals", the fourth studio album by the Canadian, will be released on September 30th. During the recordings on the California coast, the 35-year-old was both longtime companions Chilly Gonzales and Mocky and new allies like Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Bjork) supported.
For Feist there was a long time never stands still. She was left with virtually no time to breathe. In the past ten or twelve years caused her permanent one on the other, everything went smoothly, without pause, endlessly into each other About: In early punk digressions and experimental self-discovery projects followed her album "Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)" (1999), Sessions with Broken Social Scene and countless gigs with their creative Posse (Gonzales, Mocky, Lidell etc.) in the following years; their excellent with a JUNO Award Album "Let It Die" (2004) it carried little later on the international musical map, paved the way for the remix album "Open Season" and little later "The Reminder" (2007), which was supposed to bring her four Grammy nominations, six JUNO Awards, the Shortlist Music Prize, and on top of that the opportunity the figures of the sesame street Counting teach to be allowed. With "The Reminder" she was in Saturday Night Live arrived, landed at # 11 in the German charts and toured now in all corners of the world. They took cover songs on with Beck, went with Wilco in the studio, Stephen Colbert saw while as in a special "1234" -Paillettenanzug lacked front of the camera, and made a documentary about the team with which they for all visual aspects of "The Reminder" had worked. And then, after all these years, seven of them in the spotlight, she did it: plump paused.
"When you're on tour, you have so much output," she says today, "and the time after that I was like a sponge - I tried to absorb as much as I have published and issued in previous years. I have kept his feet deliberately silent, have been trying to learn how to do, how to simply want quiet and make it clear that such a silence must be bad. Sometimes, when everything was loud and full of movement before, one that calm and the silence can indeed make really scared. "
As plump was then reached the point where they wanted to start a new album, they had very different ideas at once about how we should now break this silence: "I was with so many concerts so incredibly cautious and restrained been that I Just wanted to once again turn on the amplifier, "she says, referring also to their initial days as a guitarist in rock and punk bands.
Their new album she wrote last year, retired for three autumn months in the small garage behind her house, back; at this point it had been a year spent out of the limelight. While the texts they wrote for the new pieces, a pack again, because so much emotion and a certain melancholy to shine through it, she succeeds with the arrangements, composes on the guitar, the melancholy aftertaste again with very different feelings and sound more upbeat about covering.
Then came their long-term allies in January 2011, Chilly Gonzales and Mocky To ask to Toronto with her those 12 songs ready, together their fourth studio album "Metals" arise. A rather cool month spent the three together and "tried together to sound as if we have been together so long play would, as we total know -. Which is probably already 50 years be expected" Then they went on the California coastline, looked for the rugged coastal region to Big Sur, to continue the work there.
"Recordings can be a very easy and carefree affair that has nothing to do with everyday life, and that's why I look for whatever type that favor such moods, where alone the scenario makes one, just not to do things, you normally would do. This clear distinction between land and sea on Big Sur, and this feeling of not again have as the Atlantic Ocean Europe on the other, but rather as À la 'as long it's in an area where I've never been' that was extremely inspiring, "says plump. "Moreover, it is a place that still completely undiscovered feels, although he already appears in so many books. Steinbeck has taken a certain extent in 1000 albums there, Henry Miller and Anais Nin probably exactly considered this dividing line between land and sea. And on top of that we have there found the perfect space to establish in a studio - at the top of the cliff. A huge space which was completely empty. "
The songs that plump with her band - Gonzales, Mocky, Dean Stone (percussion) and over-keyboardist Brian LeBarton - Has recorded within two and a half weeks in February, explore another set of emotions than was the case on their predecessors. "The time is now times are not, it packs a, tearing a with and makes another human being out of you. So new routines and patterns emerge, "they are considered. "This time I feel more like a narrator. So instead of saying that is the truth, I will rather say: 'Here is something that has turned out for me with the time to be true.' And that in turn can the next day again very different. By the time everything is somehow uncertain, although one would think the opposite would be the case. "
"Metals" is not a response to "The Reminder", although plump has certainly learned their lesson from it, the pieces presented by acclaimed predecessor Every night live. "In the song 'I Feel It All', the on 'The Reminder' is represented, there is a chorus, which goes as: "Ooh I'll be the one who'll break my heart / I'll be the one to hold the gun" - And when you sing to 300 times, which is eventually heard by the universe. So À la, well, we can set up already, if you wish. So I wanted to use this time very different words, more like observations and general comments, yes almost idioms and the kind of proverbs and wisdom that you find as embroidery in junk shops would. 'Prevention is better than cure' for example. Even good people can do bad. Improvement is possible, even if you have previously done everything wrong. Maybe it has indeed a reason why such things are handled and stored as folk wisdom - there are just truths that are circulating for so long that there was enough time to unpack the embroidery needle. "
The pieces on "Metals" are gathered range from gently rumbling, atmospheric soundscapes to brutal, extremely intense tracks that reflect like a musical counterpart the gathering fog and the ensuing storm. "All this time is much more chaotic, a lot of moving and connected to more noise," says plump. "I have deliberately allowed more mistakes, only there are then no real fault more if you einrÄumst this freedom and space for spontaneous ideas can. It was about a very honest approach to me - and to working with these gifted musicians I respect so much. We have seen a sense, what happens, how the wind blows, like a sailor who keeps his finger in the air. Ideas from the bar had no place, but only life Close. "
The resulting songs revealed themselves in part as extremely personal relationship portraits, as in the case of "Get It Wrong, Get It Right", the plump as "slideshows seasons in one place and at the same time felt seasons between two people" describes. Mostly, however, she is concerned with universal themes: "When the dust has only laid once, you can no longer tell who actually was at fault in an argument, for example, often. The people are just themselves, each is in its own version of the story, and they all just want to open the next chapter. Here, all the scale keeps that beautiful moments are as beautiful as the bad times are bad. "
Thoughts like these were the ones who finally the album title "Metals" led: "I was thinking of the silent, untreated ore as opposed to the result, which is built with a lot of engineering expertise, for example skyscrapers," explains plump. "And in parallel, I will face, how the actual feelings to what you wished would behave. The raw material is one thing, and what our heads then it is something else entirely. "
As for the tracks, has plump with their confidants tried to build a bridge between the future and the past. "I find it exciting when various epochs superimposing, you know? If modern things you can get used, then so but simply bypasses wild. Also umhergejohlt on the board quite a bit of people, all these group songs that run like a thread through the plate that everything felt absolutely prehistoric to. And then there was Brian LeBarton, our keyboard player who has all this Modern / prehistoric barrel further opened. For he has the unique gift to make completely new synthesizer sound as if they were from another time. And it can play an Celesta so, a kind of harpsichord is that it sounds as if they originate from Blade Runner. He was the one of the arrangements Mocky, Gonz and gave me welded together to form a unit. "
Overall distinguished "Metals" by much patience, by rampant sounds and natural beauty - all facets plumpreflect s thoughts on the course of time. "I read in the 'National Geographic' an article on soils and modern agriculture", she concludes. "The issues are indeed just that food grows in this soil - not that everything then never comes suddenly grows and. The floor will make sure that something is coming, but you need to give him breaks so that new nutrients enter the soil can, until finally everything can start again. He must sometimes simply lie in the sun, dry, wet, resting. "That is exactly what plump well done. And now she's back.
The complete track listing of "Metals" reads as follows:
1 The Bad In Each Other
3 Caught A Long Wind
4 How Come You Never Go There
5 A Commotion
6 The Circle Married The Line
7 Bittersweet Melodies
8 Anti Pioneer
9 The Undiscovered First
10 Cicadas And Gulls
11 Comfort Me
12 Get It Wrong, Get It Right
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