Say what you will about the bloated pomp of the Oscars, but if they get Sufjan Stevens to perform with St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, and Chris Thile on a national telecast, then they’re doing something right. There’s some precedent for this kind of indie underdog story at the Oscars, of course, with Elliott Smith’s “Miss … More »
When today’s indie luminaries talk about their major influences, Pearl Jam isn’t exactly a name that comes up a lot. But Annie Clark’s love of Pearl Jam is well-documented — she, in fact, credits “Jeremy” as the song that convinced her to pursue music. She’s also shared the stage with the ’90s legends … More »
Annie Clark, better known as the Oklahoma-born, Texas-raised guitarist and pop landscapist St. Vincent —who’s penned indie dance crossover tracks such as “Cruel,” “Cheerleader,” “The Strangers” and more — has a new album out Oct. 13. Dubbed Masseduction, the full-length marks Clark’s fifth studio album.
Prior to embarking on her “Fear the Future Tour,” the artist stopped at Hollywood’s Paramount studios for an exclusive Red Bull Music Academy performance and debuted an assemblage of new tracks off the record. Dazzling in her decorum, Clark sang in the first-person, “Hang on Me,” “Pills” and more, lyrically delving into modern romance, sexual power, loneliness, isolation, media saturation and the search for eternal youth throughout the night.
Recently, in the latest issue of Nylon, Clark discussed her recording process.
“The point is for the song to mean whatever it means to somebody else,” she said. “Some people have a real hang-up about being misunderstood. I don’t care. I would be concerned if someone was like, ‘Wow, she seems like a Holocaust denier.’ But racism, sexism or homophobia aside? I’m happy to be misunderstood. The record is full of sorrow, but the visual aspect of it is really absurd. I take the piss out of myself. The last tour I sat atop a pink throne, looking very imperious. This one will let people see that I have a sense of humor.”
Watch an array of videos from St Vincent’s dazzling performance below. Masseduction is out now via Loma Vista Recordings.
It’s been almost four years since St. Vincent’s profile-rising self-titled album, and now its feverishly-anticipated successor is finally here. MASSEDUCTION is Annie Clark’s fifth album under the St. Vincent moniker (not including her one-off collaboration with David Byrne, 2012’s Love This Giant), and it’s easily one the most striking releases in an already varied … More »
MASSEDUCTION starts with a plane crash and ends with a suicide. The space between is occupied by day-glo demons that skulk in the shadows of Annie Clark’s songs and scare the shit out of her at every available opportunity. In several interviews, Clark has referred to this album — her fifth under the moniker St. More »
St. Vincent was a guest on WNYC’s Sooo Many White Guys show, which is hosted by 2 Dope Queens’ Phoebe Robinson. In a wide-ranging and funny conversation, they tackle how she first got into music, the broad banner of being queer, performative listening, life on the road, and whether sex with Rihanna is really … More »
St. Vincent’s Annie Clark is making her directorial debut in the forthcoming all-female-led horror anthology film XX. She co-wrote her segment, which is called The Birthday Party, with Roxanne Benjamin (was also behind the anthology series V/H/S), and you can see a few scenes from it in the trailer for the whole film, which … More »