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The highly anticipated return of Canadian folk artist Feist has arrived, as has her first music video in 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 on March 17 and not a moment too soon.
Directed by photographer Mary Rozzi, “Pleasure” keeps the focus on Feist, who performs to the camera and a mirror in a small studio space.
Starting off the video wearing a bright coloured brocade jacket, Feist takes advantage of the dizzying filtered effect to give viewers the illusion of being in a fun house. The video morphs and moves along with her, who at times looks like she’s performing under water, continually engaging the camera with her organic movements and commanding performance.
In addition to lead single “Pleasure,” Feist recently released the more radio-friendly “Century,” a high-energy rock-fusion track that builds throughout, offering listeners a vehicle to release feelings vicariously.
The new single, released on April 6, 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.
Feist will kick off her upcoming tour in Toronto on April 27, one day before her album drops. In addition to her tour, Feist will also headline Field Trip in Toronto, where she’ll play alongside A Tribe Called Red and Phoenix, as well as Canadian indie super-group Broken Social Scene, which boasts Feist as a member.
Broken Social Scene also recently debuted “Halfway Home,” their first single in seven years. The new song, which features Feist, acts as the lead single to the band’s upcoming fifth album, their first since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record.