Metals is a vivid evocation of a place that touches on fittingly vast themes about nature, love, and life.
I'm not sure how or when, but Leslie predestined Big Sur in mind as a mecca for this album... it was more about finding the right place in Big Sur. I flew there on New Years Day 2011 to scout locations... I looked at a place in the north where Steinbeck wrote "Cannery Row"; but it was too close to the highway... eventually I ended up on a goat farm that was part of a 500-acre family estate. The barn was two floors and the same dimensions as Studio Two at Abbey Road. We set the band up in the upstairs and the control room//overdub space in the downstairs.
The usual cast was involved - Gonzales and Mocky; with an addition of Valgeir Sigurdsson, Dean Stone (Percussion), and Brian Lebarton (Synths). We shipped my studio down from Toronto, and made the bulk of the album in our two weeks in Big Sur.
Valgeir, Leslie, and I did brass with Colin Stetson and Evan Cranley at RCA Victor in Montreal and the remaining synth overdubs in Rejkavik. Renaud Letang mixed the album barring a few of my rough mixes that got left on ("Caught A Long Wind", "Circle Married The Line", and "Get It Wrong, Get It Right") and our friend Howie Beck mixed "Undiscovered First".
“Feist’s best and deepest album." Album of the Year (2011) - New York Times
"An artfully arranged opus" - Time
"Truly gorgeous, the kind that wins both hearts and awards" - LA Times
"A refreshing and slyly badass statement of artistic integrity" - Pitchfork
Recipient of The Polaris Prize, and Juno Awards for AAA Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year