This past weekend, St. Vincent released MassEducation, her radically reworked new version of MASSEDUCTION, the album that she released last year. Where MASSEDUCTION was an experiment in bright, intense day-glo pop music, MassEducation takes all those same songs and transforms them into minimal torch-song ballads. Both versions, it turns out, can … More »
If you didn’t mistakenly think the title of St. Vincent’s 2017 album, MASSEDUCTION, was “Mass Education” at some point during the rollout campaign then you are a much better reader than me. To cushion my ego, St. Vincent has released a reimagining of the album titled MassEducation. This new version of the album … More »
Today on PBS, Austin City Limits’ television showcase ACLTV began its 44th season with an hour of St. Vincent. Annie Clark played standout tracks from 2017’s phenomenal MASSEDUCTION, like “Los Ageless” and “New York,” as well as highlights from throughout her career, like “Marrow” and “Cheerleader.” Watch clips from the episode and check out the … More »
“If a song is strong enough, it can exist in a lot of different forms and still feel emotional and powerful,” St. Vincent said in a recent video for Twitter Music. She was referring to “Fast Slow Disco,” her house-pop rendition of “Slow Disco,” the penultimate track on her fantastic 2017 … More »
The penultimate track on St. Vincent’s great 2017 pop move MASSEDUCTION was a string-laden swoon called “Slow Disco.” Back in June, Annie Clark released a new version of the song called “Fast Slow Disco” that lived up to its name, turning a previously percussion-free song into a surging house-pop track. She … More »
Notes on this week’s new releases:
- The shoddily Photoshopped image at the top of this page exists to commemorate the release of Alan Walker and Sophia Somajo‘s Diamond Heart. This is the big song she was talking about in our interview last week and it is, indeed, quite big. Alan Walker still sounds like an estate agent but this song is a belter.
- Honey by Robyn is pretty good.
- It’s quite funny listening through New Zealand band Openside‘s releases on Spotify — they started off in 2015 as a sort of Paramoreish rock band now three years later Character Flaws is a balls-out electropop beast. This definitely feels like they’re doing things the right way round — certainly a lot better than starting off doing electronic pop and ending up bogged down in outdated notions of authenticity.
- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s Shallow is out now!!
- Jaguar Dreams bill themselves as “a New York indie-rock band that you can dance to” but wait, come back — Behind Those Clothes is actually worth several listens.
- One By One is Rationale’s best song yet. Well done Rationale!
- St Vincent‘s Slow Disco got a Fast Slow Disco rework a few months ago; today we have Slow Slow Disco. Ordinarily there’s no space for Acoustic Versions on the Popjustice New Music Friday playlist but this sneaks in for reasons relating to the glory of the high concept single release. Perhaps this is what the ‘tringle’, a format attempted by JoJo a couple of years back, should have been?
- The Nile Rodgers/Chic album could have been lots of things. Sadly it’s the thing that’s been released today, a messily A&Rd album that struggles to ten tracks, two of which are the same song. The whole project should probably have been shelved the moment LunchMoney Lewis delivered Do You Wanna Party, a song to which the only is response is, sadly, “not like this”.
Yesterday, St. Vincent expanded on her tweets for Twitter Music’s new series #BehindTheTweets. If you don’t already follow her, she’s got some good tweets. The ones she talks about in this video deal with her haircut, her vitamin D deficiency, and her love of TLC’s hit “Waterfalls.” … More »
There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by the time we get to early August. Stateside, we have two remaining primary ones, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the former of which usually has one of the more straightforward lineups … More »
Not sure why Annie Clark is out here remixing Maroon 5 songs, but this is the reality we live in. Deal with it! The official St. Vincent remix of Maroon 5’s Cardi B-featuring song “Girls Like You” has just dropped, and Clark gives the track her own throbbing, disco-lite spin. It drops most of Adam … More »
Over the weekend, St. Vincent performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Annie Clark did a stripped-down set for the Rhode Island institution, with Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett accompanying her on piano. During the set, she covered Joni Mitchell’s “Court And Spark,” off the legendary musician’s 1974 album of the same name. More »