Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)

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Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)
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Studio album by Feist
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Indie pop
Length 40:58
Label Self-released
Producer Dan Kurtz
Feist chronology
Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)
(1999)
Let It Die
(2004)Let It Die2004

Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down) is the debut album by Feist, released on August 24, 1999. It was recorded in Toronto and mixed at Hamilton's Catherine North Studio. Sold primarily at shows, Monarch became an underground hit, even generating a single and music video of the song "It's Cool to Love Your Family", featuring a band composed of Canadian musicians including members of Royal City.

Despite the success of Feist's follow-up albums, Let It Die and The Reminder, the album remains out of print. In May 2012 a limited edition of 2000 copies was reissued on 12" 180 gram vinyl.

In 2009, the Art of Time Ensemble featuring Sarah Slean recorded a version of "Monarch" for their album Black Flowers.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Leslie Feist, except: "New Torch" (written by Jason Beck).

  1. "It's Cool to Love Your Family" – 3:54
  2. "The Onliest" – 4:03
  3. "La Sirena" – 4:28
  4. "One Year A.D." – 4:50
  5. "Monarch" – 5:10
  6. "That's What I Say, It's Not What I Mean" – 3:36
  7. "Flight #303" – 2:48
  8. "Still True" – 3:52
  9. "The Mast" – 4:43
  10. "New Torch" – 4:19

Personnel[edit]

  • Leslie Feist - vocals, guitar
  • Jamie Shields - keyboards
  • Dan Kurtz - bass
  • Josh Hicks - drums
  • Daniel Stone - percussion
  • Jurij Konje - percussion
  • Daddy Szigeti - string arrangements
  • Akiko Kojima, Sandy Baron - violin
  • Pam Bettger - viola
  • Alex Mac Master - cello
  • Martin Tielli - guitar on "La Sirena" and "The Mast"
  • Andrew Whiteman - guitar on "One Year A.D."
  • Simon Craig - percussion on "That's What I Say, It's Not What I Mean"
  • José Contreras - guitar on "Flight #303"
  • Jason Beck - melodica on "Still True"

Production

  • Dan Kurtz - recording, producer, mixing
  • Eric Ratz - recording, producer
  • Glen Marshall - mixing
  • Noah Mintz - mastering