Carly Rae Jepsen Discusses Her Love of Feist's 'Let It Die'
"I'm still in awe of how skillfully she set out to make an album of songs that flow together so effortlessly as if they always belonged together"
Published Oct 14, 2021Carly Rae Jepsen and Feist are two of Canada's finest music exports of the last couple of decades, and so it makes perfect sense that CRJ has now cited Feist's 2004 record Let It Die as her favourite album of the past quarter-century.
Jepsen shared her thoughts on Feist as part of Pitchfork's retrospective feature on the past 25 years. She explained that she was first introduced to Feist's music through a live performance at the Vancouver Folk Festival, where Feist performed solo with loop pedals.
She continued, "After such a raw performance, I was delighted to discover that the album [Let It Die] was not overproduced in any way. At times it's funky; and others, it strikes as quite melancholy. It's subtle, tasteful, and its writing shines through and leaves space for Leslie's enchanting vocals to take the lead." She said her favourite tracks were "Let It Die," "Mushaboom" and her Bee Gees cover "Inside and Out."
She said that Let It Die was a major influence when she was working on her first album [2008's Tug of War]:
She captured my heart in my early 20s and didn't let go. From beginning to end, this album doesn't miss. I can remember listening to it on my ferry rides across the water from Vancouver to North Van, where I was making my first album. I'm still in awe of how skillfully she set out to make an album of songs that flow together so effortlessly as if they always belonged together. From playful and sexy to serene and introspective, she embodies it all. As a young woman, I felt empowered seeing that we could be all things at once. I recognized myself in the complicated dynamics of it and have embraced "going there" wherever "there" may take me in my writing ever since.
Read CRJ's full comments on Feist here.