Feist has always moved effortlessly and elegantly between genres. A spell of pop stardom followed the success of ubiquitous 2007 single “1234”, but since then she has continually shown herself to be an artist of sprawling ambition and creativity whose work sidesteps easy categorisation and avoids cliché.
During Feist’s career her musical arrangements have grown, become more expansive and even more beautiful. Her fifth album, Pleasure – her first record in six years – builds on the warm naturalism of 2011’s Polaris Prize-winning Metals and emerges as her most defiant work so far. And while each album is a departure from the last, Pleasure finds the four-time Grammy Award and two-time BRIT Awards nominee again showing the extraordinary depth of her artistry.
These intimate songs are brought to life on stage by her band – their atmospherics enriched and the delicate tenderness taken over by sharper, rawer blues mixed with incandescent ballads. At End of The Road, her only UK Festival this year, expect an inventive evening of astonishing musicianship, and, perhaps, some dancing – during “Young Up” at her London show last year she asked fans to slow dance in the aisle.