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Feist releases new song ft. Jarvis Cocker, discusses new LP & BSS in new interview

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Just hours ago, Feist announced more tour dates in support of her first album in six years, Pleasure. Now, she released a second single from the album. The song, titled “Century,” features guest vocals from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker (!!), and this song means business. Like most of 2011’s Metals, it’s on Feist’s rawer, darker side. When Jarvis comes in at the end with his creepy whisper, the song takes an unexpected turn and somehow manages to get even better. And the way it ends… Feist is really leaving us wanting more. Check this out below.

Feist and her producer Mocky reveal in a new interview with the New York Times that this won’t be the only song to further explore the dark side that Feist began exploring with Metals:

“If you came to ‘Metals’ looking for ‘1234,’ you didn’t find it,” Mocky said. “Just when you thought you had that maneuver clocked, now with this, it’s like, ‘Oh, you thought that was a hard left?’ No, no, that wasn’t a hard left at all. This is a hard left.”

New songs like “Lost Dreams” and “Century” are borderline crude with shame and despair, while the minimalist instrumentation leaves Feist’s tender melodies and often gutting lyrics unadorned. “I felt some certainty that you must have died/because how could I live if you’re still alive?” she sings on “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You.”

Feist adds, “It can feel heavier than metal when you’re by yourself, because you can make so little seem like so much.”

The article also points out that, in addition to Mocky, Pleasure was co-produced by Renaud Letang. As for the upcoming Broken Social Scene album that Feist sings on:

“My only caveat going in was I want to actually contribute — I can’t commit if I’m just singing oohs and aahs,” said Feist, who wrote one song for the project and contributed to about six others. “I don’t even know if I was a part of the last couple of records — I can’t actually remember. Certainly I didn’t bring myself to the table like I just did for this song.”

Kevin Drew, the group’s de facto leader and one of Feist’s closest friends (as well as an ex), said: “She penned something stunning. Creatively, it couldn’t have gone any better.” Mr. Drew also recalled sitting in Feist’s rehearsal space as she worked on her own album. “I see the struggle of honesty,” he said. “There’s no hiding.”

As mentioned, Feist’s tour hits NYC on June 10 & 11 at Town Hall. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (4/6) at 11 AM. All dates are listed below.

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Feist — 2017 Tour Dates
4/27 Toronto, ON Trinity St. Paul
4/30 Mexico, DF Teatro de la Ciudad
5/1 Mexico, DF Teatro de la Ciudad
5/2 Mexico, DF Teatro de la Ciudad
5/5 Los Angeles, CA Palace Theater
5/6 Los Angeles, CA Palace Theater
5/9 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
5/10 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
6/1 Boston, MA Sanders Theater at Harvard
6/2 Boston, MA Sanders Theater at Harvard
6/4 Toronto, ON Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
6/7 Washington, DC Lincoln Theater
6/10 New York, NY Town Hall
6/11 New York, NY Town Hall
6/14 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
6/15 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
6/17 Eau Claire, WI Eaux Claires Festival
6/30 Saskatoon, SK Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
7/2 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Jazz Festival
7/9 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
7/22 Wiesen, AT Out of the Woods Festival
8/4 Katowice, PL OFF Festival
8/5 Luhmühlen, GER A Summer’s Tale
8/10 Oslo, NO Oya Festival
8/11 Gothenburg, SE Way Out West Festival
8/12 Copenhagen, DK Haven Festival
8/14 Brussels, BE Brussels Summer Festival (Place des Paleis)
8/19 Winterthur, SWI Winterthurer Musicfestwochen

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