Singer and songwriter, gentleman and liar, gadfly and fall guy, indispensable, Michael Feuerstack is a man who lives and makes music in Montreal. Feuerstack has turned his craft inside-out for his first collaborative release: Singer Songer, due out on Forward Music and Headless Owl on April 19th (Record Store Day). The album gathers nine of Feuerstack’s friends and admirers – including members of the Weakerthans, Constantines, and Little Scream – to perform songs he wrote for each of their voices.
Across almost 25 years, working under his own name and the past alias Snailhouse, Feuerstack has built an underground group of songs. A little Rilke and a little Bazooka Joe, these easygoing tunes are like fields full of hedge-mazes – teeming with riddles, reveries and hiding places.
Singer Songer was recorded “fast, fast, fast” in the late summer and fall of last year, and features nine Feuerstack compositions without any Mike on lead vocals. “Imagining someone else at the microphone opened up a whole different way of approaching each song,” he says. While several singers laid down their vocals at Feuerstack’s apartment, others, in Winnipeg and Guelph and Berlin, sent them through the air.
“In the end, I think the songs sounds like mine, but there is something fundamentally different, too,” he says. “Maybe it’s because of the process; maybe because I’m always changing.” He pauses. “I like not knowing.”
1. Along the way (feat. Mathias Kom)
2. Out of Season (feat. Devon Sproule)
3. Did I? (feat. Bry Webb)
4. When I Pay You Back Someday (feat. Leif Vollebekk)
5. Friday Night Guard (feat. John K Samson)
6. Stories (feat. Jessie Stein)
7. Lost and Found (feat. Jim Bryson)
8. Sure Enough II (feat. Angela Desveaux)
9. Don’t Wait Up (feat. Little Scream)
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