After two years of touring in support of her 2004 album "Let It Die," Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist realized she had really just been making "baby steps toward an undetermined future."

So rather than commit to a lengthy recording process, she roped in a few key collaborators and her touring band and assembled "The Reminder" in less than a week's worth of sessions at a rented home outside Paris. The new album arrives May 1 in the United States via Cherrytree/Interscope. Arts & Crafts issued the record April 23 in Canada, while Polydor France will handle it internationally.

"We often had people playing instruments they hadn't come to play," Feist says with a proud grin over scrambled eggs and orange juice at a trendy downtown New York hotel. "Every time someone said, 'Why?,' the answer would be, 'Why not?' There was a mass hypnosis that occurred when we played the songs over and over."

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