Leslie Feist’s 2011 album Metals might sound like a departure for those that know her for indie-pop gems like “Mushaboom” or the song Apple made famous, “1 2 3 4.” There are no cute pop songs on this record, however, only Feist showcasing some of the best balladeering we’ve yet heard from her, and “Bittersweet Melodies” is one of the record’s standouts. It’s a song rife with nostalgia, not only about fondly looking backward, but also about constantly seeing the past in the present. As such it’s fitting that the song’s video is a slideshow of Irina Werning’s Back to the Future photo project – which is, incidentally, one of the best things on the Internet. Feist wistfully describes touching moments lovingly remembered as images scroll past of adults matching childhood photos outfit for outfit and pose for pose. In some of the more striking moments a handful of the 2011 photos are accompanied by video snippets reminding us that no matter how much we try to recreate the bygone, the past is static and it’s only what we’re experiencing right now that is still fresh and fluid. That being said, the NSFW video is also a celebration of how much of who we were helped us become who we are. Bittersweet melodies, indeed.
STREAM: Feist – “Bittersweet Melodies”