“I don’t know how I landed upon this more ordered chaos,” Feist says of Metals, the 35-year-old’s fourth album. The 12 tracks from the Amherst, N.S., native continue the acoustic feel of 2007’s The Reminder but on a grander scale, capturing violins, choral vocals and gospel choir–worthy clapping. “I just invited a little bit more mystery,” she says. Reteaming with collaborators Mocky and Chilly Gonzales in a sprawling Big Sur, Calif., home resulted in a work environment as mellow as the album’s unplugged arrangements. The players were encouraged by the easy camaraderie. “Honesty has an amazing result to calm everything down,” she says.
Tracks We Love: “A Commotion,” “Get It Wrong, Get It Right.”