Artist: Feist

Artist: Feist

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A lot of the music I like these days does not have a good genre handle. Pop is more closely identified now with women than ever before due to the big divas that current rule it: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and the like (though they have their place—good voices there if not used subtly). But the term ‘pop’ alone doesn’t cut it for me to describe what I like–but neither does rock or folk or …

All the genre categories have been scrambled in current music-speak, but this one more than most: “smart pop,” “alt-pop,” “alt-folk-pop,” and “indie pop” are some of the franken-names I’ve seen. I’ll go with alt-pop, or alternative pop, as the closest to describing what I like. The vocals tend toward folk, the instrumentation can variously sound like rock or jazz or pop. The overall vibe is light, frothy, and fun.

Feist, a Canadian musician, was top of the charts circa 2008-2010. Her songs are a good example of this alt-pop. They sound feminine and smart, and her lyrics are full of playfulness and whimsy. Included here are her top hits: 1234, I Feel It All, and Mushaboom. The last I include is a favorite track, 7/4 Shoreline, from a group I loved in mid-2000s, Broken Social Scene. It was only in researching this post that I found out she was a vocalist for this group back then and is one of the lead vocals on this song.

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Feist – 1234

Not only was the song big, but this video became a viral hit on YouTube when it first came out.

Feist – I Feel It All

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Feist – Mushaboom (lyrics)

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Broken Social Scene – 7/4 Shoreline

She sang with the group back in 2006

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