Feist Faces off Against Doppelganger in New Video for ‘Century’

In a mix of what can only be described as West Side Story thrown against a Professor Brian Cox documentary, Feist’s new video for ‘Century’ is thrilling. Kinda like an existential take on a Jackson Pollock painting. It might also be in the lead for my favorite video of the year so far.

The video — directed by Toronto-based filmmaker, Scott Cudmore — depicts Feist facing off against another version of herself… in a dance off. Feist’s doppelganger is played by singer-songwriter and Orphan Black’s Maria Doyle Kennedy, and they’re really not happy to see one another.

We’re talking a “two households, both alike in dignity” kind of a face off scenario. It’s a face off that transcends the realm of both the Sharks and the Jets. In fair somewhere-in-Canada being where we lay the scene. ‘Century’ is an epic tale told through dance and science, with nary a John Travolta in sight.

Earlier this week, Feist was also announced as being one of the shortlisted nominees for the Polaris Music Prize. Feist takes a seat beside the late Leonard Cohen, nominated for her latest album, ‘Pleasure’. The Polaris Prize is one of Canada’s most important music accolades, and it’s not the first time Feist has been nominated. In 2012, she got to take the prize for her overwhelmingly powerful album, ‘Metals’; the album that kickstarted this new era for Feist as an artist.

The video for ‘Century’ also enlists Pulp frontman and UK legend (and the guy that mooned Michael Jackson at the Brits, lest we forget) Jarvis Cocker, who had a hand in producing the song.

Appearing in the midst of the two connected halves of people, Jarvis cites his hard-hitting monologue about the passing of time, with layered over visuals of everything from stars dying to cells dividing. Weirdly similar to the choreographed routine we just got to see.

Feist’s ‘Century’ is only a stone’s throw from the videos of yore like ‘My Moon My Man’ and ‘1, 2, 3, 4’. If that stone’s throw is across some dark lake into a shadow land only music has the power to really take us to or to rescue us from, that is.

‘Century’ is a fantastically emotional video and I cannot wait to see Feist live at the end of the month in London. (I’m also kinda hoping we get to do The Dance…)

FEIST TOUR DATES 2017

JULY 19 Olympia – Paris, France

JULY 20 Zitadelle Open Air – Mainz, Germany

JULY 22 Out of the Woods Festival – Austria

JULY 24 Tempodrom – Berlin, Germany

JULY 27 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK

JULY 28 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK

JULY 29 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK

JULY 31 Teatro Dell’Arte / Tri-P Festival – Milan, Italy

AUG 2 Circus Krone – Munich, Germany

AUG 4 Off Festival – Katowice, Poland

AUG 5 A Summer’s Tale – Luhmulen, Germany

AUG 7 Trakai Island Castle – Trakai, Lithuania

AUG 10 Oya Festival – Oslo, Norway

AUG 11 Way Out West Festival – Gothenburg, Sweden

AUG 11 Haven Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

AUG 14 Brussels Summer Festival – Brussels, Belgium

AUG 18 Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

AUG 19 Steinbergasse Winterthur – Winterthur, Switzerland

SEP 28 Bella Concert Hall – Calgary, Canada

SEP 29 Bella Concert Hall – Calgary, Canada

OCT 1 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, Canada

OCT 2 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, Canada

OCT 4 Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

OCT 5 Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

OCT 7 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR

NOV 17-19 Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival – West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Find Feist tickets here.

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Em is a queer, freelance music writer based in the North of England. The things that matter to her (other than David Bowie & her Telecaster) are either money, success, fame, glamour or freedom, beauty, truth and love, depending on the day and whether or not she's bought any incense. When she's not dancing around with a guitar, she can be found dancing around in glitter. Her motto: Don't be a drag, just be a queen.
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