Feist Announces 'Pleasure Studies' Podcast

Feist Announces 'Pleasure Studies' Podcast
Feist's 2017 album Pleasure spawned fan-led listening parties and a companion cookbook, and it has now inspired a new podcast series from the artist herself.

The songwriter will launch her weekly Pleasure Studies podcast on July 9. Co-presented by Talkhouse and Earios, the series "invites people from vastly different walks of live" to tell stories connected to themes explored across the aforementioned record.

Each episode features "generously unguarded stories of people who have followed their dreams, lived long lives, endured devastation, and come out the other side with a greater understanding of what it means to be alive."

The lineup of special guests is said to include a time travel researcher, a Dreamer and activist, a transgender triathlete, an FBI undercover operative, a monogamous couple in adult film, a professional storm-chaser, an alter ego and more.

You can hear a trailer for the series below.

Speaking of her motivation, Feist explained to following in a statement about the podcast:

When I was making the last album, I'd been going through something very tough that I felt too dismantled to understand, let alone talk about at the time. I was at loss for context, wondering if anyone else had gone through this type of interior dismantling. The album was borne from that, but the inkling about this series came later, after a year or two of touring and hearing other peoples' stories.

I started to see we're are all nose to the grindstone in our subjective experiences. I wondered what might be found if we excavate down into the themes underneath the details of our lives... the much deeper drivers that we're all being carried along by. Loss and grief are always major players, but so is perseverance and intimacy and self-knowledge and love... the echoes and nuances of persona creation and manipulation and disappointment. When I'd been feeling so messed up, could that have been made a tiny bit easier if I'd gotten some glimpses at a seed of sameness, popped the subjective bubble that was making me feel singled out by the details of my difficulties? The thought that there could be value in pushing against the instinct to isolate in our dark times was the genesis of this series. Resilience is a trait we can learn by showing up for ourselves, but other people showing up can be a clue of where to begin.
The Great Us-ening is a term that a good friend came up with for how we're all slowly at the speed of life becoming more and more who we each are... and the "us" that we become is made by this mutuality. How does who I choose to be affect how you choose to react? And so here we all are, in this beautiful, sometimes noble mess. So, we brought different stories together to have them shed context on one another, to see what could be learned by that Venn diagram of common ground. We found a bunch of people willing to share their interior lives and braided them together into a kind of storytelling project. It's a little experimental, a little intuitive, meant to speak to our intuition.