Leslie Feist had a busy decade. Her album Let It Die won a Juno award in 2004, and her album The Reminder in 2007 earned her four Grammy nominations, six Juno wins, and the Shortlist Music Prize. She also taught on Sesame Street. Feist made her Saturday Night Live debut, toured the world, collaborated with Beck, Wilco, and Stephen Colbert, and made a documentary. After seven years, Feist took a break.
During her break, Feist learned to appreciate silence. When she was ready to make music again, she wrote the album Metals in three months in 2010. Her longtime collaborators, Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, arrived in Toronto to arrange the songs. They then recorded the album in Big Sur, California.
Metals’ songs are diverse, ranging from moody to intense. The album explores relationships and universal themes. Feist wanted to collaborate with talented musicians and create something complex. The album title, Metals, represents the raw material and its transformation.
Sonically, Metals combines modern and ancient elements. Feist and her crew aimed to connect the past and the future. The album’s aesthetic reflects patience, wildness, and natural beauty, echoing Feist’s thoughts on time.
After taking time to rest and recharge, Feist is back.