The drought of new music from Canadian singer Feist officially ended in March with the singer’s first new single in six years. Dropping the track “Pleasure,” which doubles as the name of the solo artist’s upcoming fifth studio album, Feist made her official return to the charts and not a moment too soon.
The indie folk singer dropped the seductive and simple “Pleasure” on March 17, with her vocals and a single electric guitar taking up the majority of the track. Both elements take listeners on a journey of emotions, leaving them wanting more. What else would we expect from a track titled “Pleasure”?
Now, Feist has followed up “Pleasure” with the more radio-friendly “Century,” a high-energy rock-fusion track that builds throughout, offering listeners a vehicle to release feelings vicariously. You’re gonna wanna rock out to this one.
The new single features vocals from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who gives a spoken-word performance breaking down the length of a century following a drop in music at the song’s halfway point. Following Jarvis’ delivery, Feist re-enters the track as the music begins picking up again before abruptly ending mid-note, a move that will surely have many listeners double checking whether the song is buffering.
Both “Pleasure” and “Century” use spaces of blank sound to build anticipation in the tracks, with the Grammy winner as one of the few artists we’re willing to wait around for.
In addition to the new track this week, Feist also announced her upcoming tour, which kicks off April 27 in Toronto. The date is in addition to Feist’s previously announced appearances at this year’s Field Trip in Toronto, where she’ll headline alongside A Tribe Called Red and Phoenix, as well as Canadian indie super-group Broken Social Scene, which boasts Feist as an early member (the band recently debuted their first single in seven years).
In addition to the festival, Feist has added more tour dates to her summer schedule, including the Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin and the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Manitoba.
Feist made her return to the stage earlier this week when she performed an emotional and beautiful tribute to the late Leonard Cohen at the 2017 JUNO Awards (check out the best moments from this year’s show here).