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 raAfter 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 this week in the United States via Cherrytree/Interscope.
"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."
That attitude has helped the honey-voiced Feist build a sizable following in the States and abroad since "Let It Die," which blended luxuriant pop originals like "Mushaboom" and "One Evening" with chilled-out Bee Gees and Ron Sexsmith covers.
In tandem with longtime associates Gonzales and Dominic "Mocky" Salole, Feist was able to crystallize the "lo-fi, lowbrow sound" she had been hearing in her head for months. Indeed, "The Reminder" places the artist in a wide array of sonic environments, from the girl-and-her-guitar vibe of opener "So Sorry," "Intuition" and "The Park" to the pounding, piano-led blog favorite "My Moon My Man" and the frenetic singalong "Sea Lion Woman."
"Something that was new for me was trying not to use headphones," says Feist, who is also a key member of Toronto rock collective Broken Social Scene. "We tried to do as few overdubs as possible. We'd do what we'd call 'town hall,' which was everybody around one mic singing all at once. I wanted it to sound a bit like a congregation."