A Evaluation of Multitudes: A Visceral and Hopeful Existential Journey

Leslie Feist wrote her sixth studio album ‘Multitudes’ following her daughter’s beginning and her father’s sudden dying. The 2 life-altering occasions going down at such shut proximity pushed the Canadian singer into a brand new period of songwriting, main her to let go of something “performative” and, as she shared in a press release, thrusting her reality “into an unavoidable gentle”.

Feist’s three-decades as an creative performer and visceral vocalist contains stints in Calgary punk bands, time in indie-rock collective Damaged Social Scene, a number of Grammy nominations and her huge single, ‘1234’, that may eternally be related to an Apple iPod Nano advert. Final 12 months, when allegations of sexual misconduct had been made in opposition to Arcade Fireplace’s Win Butler, who Feist was supporting on tour in Eire and the UK, she was caught within the crossfire; she made the choice to depart the tour after only one present, just lately describing the only efficiency as an “out of physique” one.

Along with her follow-up to 2017’s ‘Pleasure’ and first new music in six years, her outward stretch turns inward, leaning into a brand new stage of musicality and painstaking self-awareness. ‘Multitudes’ was written partly throughout an experimental and communal set of exhibits Feist placed on by means of 2021 and 2022 by the identical title, and 12 poetic tracks that make up ‘Multitudes’ embody the identical inventiveness, intimacy and connection of that restricted run of performances within the spherical.

The album begins with the sporadic and clamouring ‘In Lightning’ and Feist commanding her voice like an instrument, going from echoing tones to hushed whispers, all of the whereas framing the story of existential consciousness. As an alternative of the standard dread over existence, her self-examination lands on an optimistic acknowledgement of her innate company: “And if I’m frightened it’s simply because / Of the facility vested in me”. 

The theme of self-inquiry continues to bubble up all through the document like in ‘Endlessly Earlier than’ as she balances queries over synth and clashing percussion. “What’s gotta finish for eternally to start?” she asks in shaking vibrato over mild guitar strumming. That thread of introspection can also be current in ‘Hiding Out In The Open’, as she sings “Everyone’s acquired their shit”, sweetly earlier than resolving, “However who’s acquired the heart to sit down with it?” The observe takes the type of a singalong, with Feist’s hiding staggering revelations beneath her delicate voice, at one level providing her an antidote on the facility of feelings with the phrases “Love just isn’t a factor you attempt to do / It needs to be the factor compelling you”.

There’s one thing delightfully human about ‘Multitudes’ and in Feist’s perspective as somebody experiencing the ephemeral nature of life transmuted by means of a hopeful filter. There’s unhappiness right here, however there’s additionally pleasure and because the tracks play out you get the sense that one can’t exist with out the opposite.

The final line of ‘Multitudes’ captures the album’s sentiment in a concise declaration. It comes on the finish of the sparse acoustic observe ‘Songs For Unhappy Pals’. Within the music, Feist makes house between her phrases, rushing up and slowing down her lyrical supply, capturing the fluctuating nature of feelings sonically earlier than lush string orchestration takes over on the bridge. It’s some of the visceral moments of the album, and she or he sings the ultimate phrases like there are tears swimming in her eyes. “By the overwhelming occasions/Holding out however not holding in,” she reveals earlier than including “And it’s from right here, we are able to actually start.”


  • Launch date: April 14
  • Report label: Fiction Data

Originally posted 2023-04-15 11:22:53.