Feist's music has never really interested me, but like Norah Jones, she is clearly a gifted musician, even while expressing her talents with background pop-rock. That being said, I'm happy that she's put out a 7" for Record Store Day, and thrilled that said single was a split with Mastodon that featured both artists covering each other. It's not a novelty--both artists have torn down their perceived comfort zones and pulled out excellent songs. Maybe I was wrong about Feist.
Here's Feist, remaking Mastodon's "Black Tongue" as a scuzzy, Waitsian dirge:
Here's Mastodon, building an action movie around Feist's "A Commotion:"
For good measure, here are the originals:
Mastodon, "Black Tongue:"
Feist, "A Commotion:"