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False ME214 FEIST How She Reminds You by Jeff Leake of XM Radio/ Canada The chant was inescapable. It transcended genres. Doesn’t matter who you talk to… they have heard it: “ 1… 2… 3… 4….” 1234 became a hit, in part, due to it’s inclusion in Apple’s iPod Nano commercial and as a result The Reminder, Feist’s album, found itself thrown up from your typical Indie award nominations, reader’s choice nods, and blogger’s praises into the mainstream. Feist garnered four Grammy nominations and won five Junos ( Canada’s third cousin to the Grammys) sweeping the awards she was nominated for. Her Grammy performance was a wonderful, simple statement that showcased her ability to captivate a TODAY AND TOMORROW T3TALENTSbrought to you by room, while her more aggressive Juno performance led to Feist becoming booked on an arena concert tour. The humble 30- something Calgary native, who now splits her time between Toronto and Paris, is atypical of many young female singers out there… she won’t be seen stumbling out of a night club or on the cover of the gossip tabloids. She’s more at home with her friends casually working on the next sound. The Reminder was partially recorded in France in an old manor that was specifically wired for only 2 weeks of the recording

False ME215 played it live a lot, and it kind of just became what you hear on the album now and its one of my favorite songs to play live.” Fellow Canadian, Gonzales, collaborates with Feist on The Reminder. She refers to the pianist on all her records as a “ member of the band who never plays with us. We have a metaliphone, that’s sort of a baby vibraphone. We even took some golden stencil letters and called the metaliphone Gonzo, because in a way it represents all the stuff that Gonzo has brought to the records.” 1234, the song that propelled Feist to this new realm of stardom, was originally called Sally’s Song. Arts & Crafts labelmate Sally Seltmann ( known musically as New Buffalo) found she had created a song that was better suited to Feist rather than herself and so she passed the foundation of it along. In Feist’s hands 1234 was slowly molded into a modern day sing along. The Reminder is a moving, honest, collaborative collection. The artist, in a simple, vulnerable manner, is most breathtaking. Her hypnotizing stage show continues to evolve, experimentally, in areas that very few artists will ever have the courage to venture. Prior to the album’s launch, Feist chose to intimately debut The Reminder live before a few select friends in a tiny church located in downtown Toronto. After the performance most of the attendees left the room understanding that they had just experienced something truly special. process. At times, the songs were done straight off the floor so that everyone in the studio could feel them working as a whole, contrary to the current “ pieced- together” recording style commonly used in the studio today. So Sorry, the album’s lead song, was the core of which The Reminder grew around. For this Feist originally tried to capture what she thought would be a quiet French countryside but, ultimately it turned out to not be so quiet. “ It was insane to think that the traffic was so loud in that area”, noted Feist, “ Every time we would get halfway through a take a plane would go over. We ended up recording the song in a tiny park in downtown Toronto and there were no traffic sounds at all. It was just birds and air and summertime sounds and no cars. It’s very ironic that a Canadian city can sound more countryside than the countryside in France.” One of the only songs on the album that had a full demo recorded prior to her heading into the studio was I Feel It All. While visiting family in British Columbia, Feist managed to step away from the gathering and spend the night by herself in a guest house. It was there that she was able to write the song in just under an hour by using the Garage Band program on her laptop. According to Feist it’s a lot easier to write when you don’t go in with the intent to do so “… if I was to try to write a song… it was not going to happen, but when I keep myself liquid that’s when the melody will arrive.” The first single, My Moon My Man was essentially written while wandering backstage in an old performance theatre. The Water and Intuition, which are two of the oldest songs on the record, came from raw demos that pre- date Feist’s breathrough, 2004 release, Let it Die. Friends Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott of the band Sloan contributed guitar, bass, and drums to those songs. “ Chris has all the chops and he’s still like a 15 year kid that wants to show all the ways he can do the tom rolls. He’s one of my favorite drummers just because he’s got that awesome naivety to him.” notes Feist. Then with a smile “ I’ve tried to lure him ( to the band) but you know he’s got this other thing ( Sloan) going on”. “ The first version is from the double folk anthology,” muses Feist when discussing another track on The Reminder: Sealion, “ while the other version is from Nina Simone which is a more modern 70’ s style that has so much energy to it. We