With Feist set to release her latest album Multitudes, Uncut sits down for a Q&A session with the Canadian singer-songwriter. Read the full feature in the MAY 2023 issue of Uncut.
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Your daughter’s birth and your father’s passing clearly had a profound effect on your life in countless respects. What was it like coming back to making music?
Songwriting felt simultaneously superfluous but also necessary. The times were so tight, with a new infant in my arms and lockdown all around us. The idea that music would be shared or a communal experience again felt very faint, so writing became an even more inward-facing task – it gave me somewhere to go with my mind when I couldn’t go anywhere with my body. It was a relief to focus on something ephemeral, maybe a bit escapist. The paradox in speaking about my dad is that my dad was an extremely private person. All I can really say about losing him is that writing songs also felt like a way to continue our conversations, which were always searching and curious and filled with laymen’s metaphysics, history and family lore. My dad was a painter and had a primary and private vocabulary he continued to…