The last time we received a new album from Leslie Feist was six years ago. With her colourful voice that induces both hope and desperation, and arrangements that features folk-tinged instrumentation as well as distinct rhythmic passages, Feist has become a household name by many. Her stunning catalogue is a work of genius, and even though she released her first piece of music back 1999 not even a single tone of hers sounds dated. This is an artist that succeeds with the noble art of timelessness. Just recently Feist announced that her fifth album were on it’s way to be released this spring – the greatest piece of news we’ve heard in a while.
Apart from being a well-known solo artist, Feist is also a part of the Toronto-based collective Broken Social Scene. Her voice can be heard on three albums of theirs, and she will also be featured on their next release that is expected to drop sometime this year. As a solo artist Feist received her big break with “The Reminder” back in 2007. The album, which featured a song highlighted in an iPod-commercial and received four Grammy nominations, introduced Feist to a whole new audience. With two new projects incoming, 2017 looks like a lot like the year of Feist – just like any other year she decides to release music.
THE SHINS [US]
In the feature film Garden State, Natalie Portman’s character swears that the song ”New Slang” by The Shins will change the character played by Zach Braff’s life. 13 year’s later, the song changed far more than just the life of a fictional character – it created a nation of indie music fans worldwide. Albuquerque band The Shins were formed in 1996 as a side project to James Mercers other band Flake music. The group’s first two albums “Oh, Inverted World” and “Chutes Too Narrow” are today viewed as game changers, introducing their melodic indie rock to the world and establishing it as a beloved genre.
With their 2007 album “Wincing the Night Away” The Shins received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. After that, James Mercer announced a hiatus in which we formed the band Broken Bells with producer Danger Mouse. After posting several #shinstagrams from their recording sessions, The Shins earlier this year announced the their fifth full length entitled “Heartworms” would drop this spring. Judging from the first singles, this might become their most fully realized product to date.