Feist @ The Tivoli

Magical and mesmerising

When I heard that Canadian indie pop musician Feist was due to play in Brisbane, I knew that for sure that was a show not to miss. Entering the stage at around 9pm, she started with a sheepish hello "Hi guys, it's been a while' she said before launching into Pleasure, the title track from her latest record. Heavier drums and her shredding guitar melodies fille dout th emusicality of the song, whilst her angelic yet strong vocals came straight to the aural forefront. 

She had a very strong stage prescence, dressed in blue cowboy boots and a long pink quilted skirt; she took all the attention from the room and placed it upon her and her excellent band. There was great chemistry between all member of th eband - the on stage communication was obvious and it was clear that these guys were true polished professionals. She was a very animated vocalist depsite being stuck behind a guitar - she didn't let the instrument hinder her performance. 

She played through every track on her latest album in full, but it didn't seem lacking or boring as it does when artists try to do this sometimes. Instead it felt comprehensive (and everyone had their favourite song played too I guess), which was a different angle not many artists are game enough to try. The vocal looping in Lost Dreams was phenomenal, and during Young Up she invited wo couples to slow dance on stage.

When she had finished this, she moved on to everyone's favourite part of the evening - the oldies but goodies section. Playing an assortment of tracks such as My Moon My Man, Sea Lion and I Feel It All Up, which were all very dynamic, well performed songs. Her last song for the night was the ultimate sad girl banger - Let It Die, however the vibe may have been better if she had finished on an uptempo one. 

She came back for a solo performed encore, playing an audience request Intuition, classic Mushaboom and a changed up version of 1234 , before the band came back on for the final chorus. 

 Feist can deliver a cracker of a show. She was magical, mesmerising in a way, and I want more. Definitely one to see before you die. 

Olivia Shoesmith

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