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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JONATHON MO­RAN

CANA­DIAN singer Feist ( pic­tured) isn’t in­ter­ested in just be­ing a one- hit- won­der. In fact, she’s not re­ally in­ter­ested in main­stream suc­cess at all. Best known for her break­through hit

1234 – the catchy tune techno gi­ant Ap­ple used to pro­mote its ipod Nano – Feist says she now sees the song as a cover and not her own.

‘‘ I’m re­ally thank­ful for it [ the song] but at the same time it can some­times over­shadow the rest of the body of work that I’ve done, which I’m quite proud of,’’ Feist says.

‘‘ The free­doms that come with the suc­cess of that song are great but 1234 was plucked from an al­bum that it made sense on in con­text.’’

Ap­ple’s sup­port and en­dorse­ment drove Feist’s 2007 al­bum The Re­minder, on which 1234 fea­tured, to sell mil­lions of copies world­wide and thrust her into the strato­sphere of main­stream pop star­dom.

The video clip fea­tured Feist, dressed in a sparkly blue gown, per­form­ing with dancers in brightly coloured out­fits.

The song, orig­i­nally writ­ten by Mel­bourne singer- song­writer Sally Seltmann, who of­fered it to Feist to record af­ter the pair met on tour, also scored her four Grammy nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘ I’m ap­pre­cia­tive and lucky for how peo­ple have re­sponded, but I didn’t ex­pect it with The Re­minder and I don’t have ex­pec­ta­tions to re­peat it,’’ says Feist, who has just re­leased her new al­bum Me­tals.

‘‘ Suc­cess comes in var­i­ous forms and to var­i­ous de­grees. It’s nice to be con­sid­ered com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful but it’s also very in­ci­den­tal for me.’’

With Me­tals, Feist says she is back in her com­fort zone. She ad­mits the whirl­wind that was The Re­minder and 1234 took its toll. In­clud­ing the tour for The Re­minder, and her pre­vi­ous al­bum Open Sea­son, Feist had been on the road for seven years, with al­most no time to con­tem­plate new ma­te­rial or catch up with fam­ily and friends. So she re­treated, tak­ing about two years off.

‘‘ I didn’t do any­thing spe­cific, ex­cept not go to a dif­fer­ent town ev­ery night,’’ she says. ‘‘ I did every­thing you can’t do while you’re mov­ing.

‘‘ I planted a lit­tle gar­den and I adopted some dogs. I got a place in the coun­try and just, like, hung out in the woods.’’

Some tracks on the al­bum frame things in a pe­riod of tur­moil and loss. Songs such as How Come You Never Go

There and Com­fort Me seem to de­scribe the end of a ro­mance. Mu­si­cally, she veers away from The

Re­minder with songs that seem weight­ier. It’s a dif­fer­ent chap­ter – by de­sign – even though she worked with many of the same col­lab­o­ra­tors, this time in a re­mote com­pound in Cal­i­for­nia. It’s all about the mu­sic, she says.

‘‘ The most im­por­tant thing is to make al­bums that I’m proud of and can stand be­side. Every­thing else is a very dis­tant sec­ond. I have been lucky to be suc­cess­ful, but I try not to think about it.’’

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