After over five years of waiting, the queen of Canadian indie rock has returned. This Friday, Feist’s new album Pleasure will finally be released and to mark the occasion we figured an essential Feist list is required. Whether you’re an original Feist fan or a newcomer, let this list be a celebration of the Canadian artist’s past and present.
“1234” — The Reminder (2007)
If you’re going to read a list on the most essential Feist, you might as well start with the Canadian artist’s most popular single to date, “1234.” For those of you who were living under a rock in 2007, the award-winning and chart-topping song was made famous by an Apple commercial for the iPod nano.
“I Feel it All” — The Reminder (2007)
Probably one of her most recognizable singles, “I Feel it All” was the third track on Feist’s 2007 album The Reminder.
“Still True” — Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down) (1999)
Get to know the early Feist with this song from her 1999 debut album. “Still True” is a beautiful track, and is probably unlike any Feist you’ve heard recently. The album was recorded in Toronto and served as a huge success in the underground music scene at the time of its release.
“Bittersweet Melodies” — Metals (2011)
If you want to shed a few tears, listen to this song while watching the music video. “Bittersweet Melodies” is from Feist’s fourth studio album Metals, which was highly acclaimed during its time and earned a spot in the Billboard 200’s top 10. Despite its praise, Metals only ever produced one single, that being “How Come You Never Go There.”
“Mushaboom” — Let It Die (2004)
“Mushaboom” was the first single released off of Feist’s second studio album Let It Die. The uplifting song is named after a village in Nova Scotia located on Mushaboom Harbour.
“The Limit To Your Love” — The Reminder (2007)
Co-written by Feist and Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales, “The Limit To Your Love” is a song from Feist’s third album The Reminder. James Blake covered the song on his self-titled album in 2010.
“One Evening” — Let It Die (2004)
This ode to a one-night stand is accompanied by a must-watch music video that features Leslie Feist dancing alongside hip hop artist Buck 65, aka Rich Terfry, who you might recognize as a CBC announcer. The dance moves are groovy, the song is intoxicating, and overall a must-know for any Feist fan.
“The Bad in Each Other” — Metals (2011)
This is the first track listed on Metals, and is another must-hear for any current or future Feist fan. Here’s a fun game: try spotting Metric’s James Shaw in the music video.
“Brandy Alexander” — The Reminder (2007)
Another one off of her third album, The Reminder, “Brandy Alexander” sees Feist comparing a guy to a brandy cocktail, and it’s beautiful. Combine lyrics like “He’s my Brandy Alexander/always gets me into trouble” with a music video about a spark between two friends and you’ve got yourself a Feist romance.
“Pleasure” — Pleasure (2017)
No essential Feist list would be complete without Feist’s comeback single “Pleasure.” Her new album’s title track was Feist’s first new song in over five years and marks a new era in the artist’s career.