Feist is releasing her new album, Pleasure, in a couple of weeks. So far, we’ve heard the title track and “Century” from it, and now the musician is starting to open up in interviews about the album and her contributions to the upcoming Broken Social Scene album.
In a new New York Times interview, Leslie Feist talks about her move to Los Angeles and how there was a chance she might not make another album — “I was completely open to the idea that I might focus on something else for a while,” she says — but that these songs came to her in that period of uncertainty. It was recorded (mostly) live three times in three different locations with longtime collaborators and co-producers Mocky and Renaud Letang.
“I felt like a lot of expectations had grown up around me that had not much to do with me,” she says of the weight of “1234” and The Reminder’s subsequent success. “My goal was to just very carefully descend the ladder with dignity, and go back to the altitude that I can breathe at.”
She also talked about her contributions to the new Broken Social Scene album which, as we already know, is due out in the summer. The New York Times reports that she “wrote one song for the album and contributed to about six others.” Feist says:
My only caveat going in was I want to actually contribute — I can’t commit if I’m just singing oohs and aahs. I don’t even know if I was a part of the last couple of records — I can’t actually remember. Certainly I didn’t bring myself to the table like I just did for this song.
Pleasure is out 4/28 via Interscope.