Feist - "Century" (Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada): Last week, Feist's most recent album, Pleasure, made the Short List for the Polaris Music Prize, one she had won with her previous full-length, 2011's Metals.
The acknowledgment is deserved recognition for an artist continuing to follow a creative path, rather than any commercial imperative. The days of her shifting units in huge numbers and scoring massive airplay are seemingly behind her, but the quality of her output remains stellar.
Feist has just put out a new video to accompany "Century," one of Pleasure's focus tracks, and it is an eye-catching winner. Directed by Revolver Films' Scott Cudmore (Dilly Dally, Timber Timbre, Spoon), it depicts a well-choreographed dance-off set in a bleak urban landscape under Toronto's Gardiner Expressway.
The dance scenes neatly mirror the tension within the song, one you expect to break loose in cathartic fashion, but which remains tightly-coiled. Just as the track is about to fade out, Brit star Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) appears to insert dramatic narration with a rather apocalyptic feel. Riveting stuff.
Feist recently announced fall dates on the West Coast, including shows in Calgary (Sept. 28-29) and Vancouver (Oct. 1-2).