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.