Leigh MichaelWednesday,11 December 2013

The Snap:

St. Vincent recently announced the 24 February release of her self-titled solo album. It follows 2012’s Love This Giant, a collaboration with David Byrne.

You can download her new track off St. Vincent, “Birth In Reverse,” for free on her website.

The Download:

Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) has been leaving us hanging. She hasn’t graced us with a solo album since 2011’s Strange Mercy, a tour-de-force that snagged the #19 slot on the Billboard 200 chart. The acclaimed record also highlighted her offbeat creative process; Strange Mercy was conceptualized and written while Clark was spending time in isolation in Seattle, undergoing a self-defined “loneliness experiment.”

St. Vincent is a weirdo — in the best possible way. The music video for “Cruel,” which you can watch below, made headlines for its controversial subject matter and disturbing content. In a nutshell, the film revolves around a woman (Clark) who is kidnapped by a motherless family, forced to take on the role of parent/wife, and ultimately buried alive. Twisted, right? But the underlying… cheer in the song somehow makes for a strangely upbeat viewing experience.

In a 2009 interview with the NY Times, Clark famously said of her first album, “I wanted to make something that had the whimsy and the sweet of something very pure, like the Disney films, but also something that was kind of bloody and gory and disgusting. I tried to combine those two things, both things that I love in equal parts, and see what happened.”

Her mantra sticks. Clark constantly walks the tightrope between giddiness and derangement,bringing listeners into a state of confusion (“How and I supposed to feel about this????”). St. Vincent promises to offer much of the same… And I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

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Hat Tips:

St. Vincent, Slate, NY Times, Image Credit: Flickr

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