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Essential tracks: Feist’s new video, and music you need to hear

Canadian chanteuse Leslie Feist swirls and twirls through a monochrome kaleidoscope while intoning her sultry ballad "Anti-Pioneer" in a new video by Danish director Martin de Thurah.


Achilles' Desire

Whitehorse, from the upcoming The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss; streaming here

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A dimly lit duet between Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland clomps strikingly to a foot-kicked tambourine, with a twangy guitar lick adding to the intense mood. Get between the smouldering desire of these two singer-songwriters and you will be crushed.



Divine Fits, from the forthcoming A Thing Called Divine Fits; streaming here

Britt Daniel of Spoon and Montreal's Dan Boeckner (formerly of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs) share vocals on the highly anticipated new disc made with New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown. At the microphone here is Daniel, who rhymes "cigarette" with "cheap regret" on a down-spirited track that plods pleasingly to a morose metronome and a see-sawing Lou Reed bass line.



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Beth Orton, from the forthcoming Sugaring Season; streaming here

A haunting and dark drone-and-twinkle, in the vein of a deep-woods Cat Power or a bluesier, entranced Joni Mitchell. The English singer-songwriter whets our appetite for her first album in six years.


Today's Supernatural

Animal Collective, from the forthcoming Centipede Hz; streaming here

It's Strokes-like garage rock, in a kaleidoscope on a carnival ride, with "come and join me near the speaker" serving as the charismatic invitation. Go ahead, but mind your distance.

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Feist, from Metals (Arts & Crafts); streaming here

"Start with colours, they always get away with attitude / But they'll try to convince you of your mood, and what you want they'll give it to you." Director Martin de Thurah chooses a black and white canvas for his elegant, intimate study of a breathy, soulful ballad and of the singer Leslie Feist, whose silvery aura is left up to interpretation.

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