Feist has been out of the spotlight for a long time. A really long time. Six years after Metals though, she’s finally returned with Pleasure. And the title track is a magnetic opening statement. Centered around a dry and bluesy guitar lick, Feist creates an arid soundscape where her voice provides the only relief. “We became our needs/Ages up inside/Escaping similar pain/Dreaming safe and secure,” she sings breathlessly. The captivating vocals and coarse guitar move throughout the song from slow burns to unbridled bursts of sound.
“I was raw and so were the takes. Our desire was to record that state without guile or go-to’s and to pin the songs down with conviction and our straight up human bodies,” Feist said. If this first taste is anything to go by, then we should prepare for a direct, no-frills rocker when her album drops on April 28.