It takes a few listens, sure, but stick with it – “it” being Metals, Feist’s latest record – put in the time, connect with every horn blare and “oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” and the album will win you over.
While songs like “Caught a Long Wind,” “Comfort Me” and “Cicadas and Gulls” put me into a mellow trance, other songs are energizing. Listening to “Graveyard,” “How Come You Never Go There” and “A Commotion” (my fave) through my earbuds at work makes me want to jump up and dance and sing and play the air-piano along with Feist.
These songs make me think of life beyond my responsibilities at the office: I think of loss and love. Of solitude and friendship. Of where I’ve been and where I plan to go. I guess that’s the aim of all art and it’s what the really good stuff actually achieves: it transports us from a mundane reality to something bigger, deeper, more beautiful. And Metals does that, good as gold.
Here’s one of the album’s gorgeous teaser videos for “Undiscovered First.”