Getting her groove on.


Feist, “How Come You Never Go There”

Metals, 2011

Feist’s easy, creaky croon of voice returns with this track off her new record,Metals. The Canadian has given us a ballad infused with soul-blues vibes hanging off Feist’s own, piercing voice.

Soul-esque harmonies open the track, above a punchy drum sound that hiccups behind. The piano keeps the chordal accompaniment in order whilst the guitar enters, messy and muted. The beat jumps up on the first and falls on the last, creating a swaying and popping beat. When Feist’s voice begins, heavily affected by reverb, her diction is clipped- a technique mirroring the drums- she seems to hop from one note to another, touching all corners of the octave. She sounds but the lyrics are icy:

“How come you never go there?/ How come I’m so alone there?”

It establishes a groove through the swaying piano and hopping drums and bass, and it has you tapping your feet and bobbing your head. There’s a blues edge to her voice and the piano that makes the track even more intriguing.

The surging horns enter half-way through, creating long, rising notes to undercut the raggedy electric guitar that scampers over the top.

It slows a bit with the bridge, which falls back to some muted, acoustic guitar chords and synth notes, a low drone of a horn can be heard distantly. It then jumps up quite a bit at the end, the drums start bashing a little more and the horns rise and rise. The harmonies are there, and join in at the last to issue the final few beats, a high, wavering note that slows the song and drops it down.

It’s irresistibly groovy, calming and warm. Listen with a coffee, leaning against a tree trunk.