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Scabrous Birdseed
04-12-2007, 13:36:39
Okay, there's this Canadian woman called Leslie Feist who seems to be getting lots of critical praise and awards for her recent album in the indie pop magazines.

I listened to some of it on Youtube and it's seemingly very boring mellow pop in the Katie Melua vein. No darkness, no edge, no dissonances, no hardness of any kind, just very kind pop about love. Or maybe I didn't listen to the lyrics so well, but still.

So, what gives?

protein
04-12-2007, 13:39:12
isn't that a bit like listening to sibelius and asking what all the fuss about classical music is about?

Funko
04-12-2007, 13:39:36
I don't understand. What's unusual about a dull singer songwriter being critically acclaimed?

protein
04-12-2007, 13:42:22
and what makes a singer songwriter "indie"?

Scabrous Birdseed
04-12-2007, 14:25:05
Originally posted by Funko
I don't understand. What's unusual about a dull singer songwriter being critically acclaimed?

The dull singer-songwriters who get lots of praise tend to be quirky, slightly out-of-phase and insecure, just like their audience. They also tend to reference the right musical forebears and be a bit emotionally bare.

People like Sufjan Stevens, Eliott Smith, Martha Wainwright or Cat Power. I'll listen to them all without a problem.

But this was so well-produced, emotionally restrained, measured and well-sung. It doesn't even have the live-feel and slight drive to be in the cute-and-lively genre like Those Dancing Days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILuNZYmAs5o) or I'm From Barcelona (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwwbXHNGsjU).

Scabrous Birdseed
04-12-2007, 14:25:26
Originally posted by protein
and what makes a singer songwriter "indie"?

Cred.

Debaser
04-12-2007, 14:42:57
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
I listened to some of it on Youtube and it's seemingly very boring mellow pop in the Katie Melua vein. No darkness, no edge, no dissonances, no hardness of any kind, just very kind pop about love. Or maybe I didn't listen to the lyrics so well, but still.

So, what gives?

For years before that she's been putting out good but virtually unnoticed records on her own (you might have heard Mushaboom on some other ad) as well as being in of Broken Social Scene and touring with people like Bright Eyes.

You're right, her songs aren't overtly dark, but they're good. She's on the second Kings of Convenience album, and her songs are kind of in the same vein as them really; just nice, good songs.

Fuck off with your Melua thing, that's like saying Simon and Garfunkel are like David Gray.

Oh, and there is a Feist song on the new iPod Nano advert, that's why she's everywhere at the moment.

Scabrous Birdseed
04-12-2007, 17:32:33
Originally posted by Debaser
Fuck off with your Melua thing

:D

You know it's true.

Scabrous Birdseed
04-12-2007, 17:40:50
Oh and that Broken Social Scene band is way better than the solo stuff is. But I can't see her in the videos!?

fp
04-12-2007, 18:03:24
Originally posted by Debaser

Fuck off with your Melua thing, that's like saying Simon and Garfunkel are like David Gray.


They aren't?

Debaser
06-12-2007, 17:31:32
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Oh and that Broken Social Scene band is way better than the solo stuff is. But I can't see her in the videos!?

Broken Social Scene were quite a collective type affair when they started out. Lots of different bands from the Toronto scene have had members play in Broken Social Scene at one time or another, including Gonzales, Stars, Peaches (or at least some of her band), etc.

I dont think Feist has played in them as much since here solo stuff started to take off, so probably the last 2 or 3 years maybe?