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The last time we heard new music from St. Vincent, she delivered a pair of radically different albums. There was 2017’s MassEducation, which found Annie Clark teaming with Jack Antonoff for the most immediate and danceable music of her career. And then there was the companion album, 2018’s MassEducation, which reimagined those songs in stark, solo piano arrangements.

Her new album “Daddy’s Home” follow-up appears to be another reinvention, with Clark citing Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, and Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic Taxi Driver as influences. “Can’t wait for you to hear it,” she teased.

St Vincent released the new album, “Daddy’s Home” this weekend via Loma Vista. On Monday she shared the album’s third track, “Down” via a video for it. Bill Benz directed the video, which seems to feature Clark as a private detective in 1970s New York City.

Previously St. Vincent shared the album’s first single, “Pay Your Way In Pain” via a video for the track. The sleazy and funky “Pay Your Way In Pain” sounds like something from Beck’s Midnite Vultures album (from 1999)

Then she shared “The Melting Of The Sun” St. Vincent also performed the track on Saturday Night Live, along with “Pay Your Way In Pain.”

Daddy’s Home was teased with a series of advertisements. Jack Antonoff co-produced the album with Clark, which was recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. In 2019 Clark’s father was released from prison after being incarserated for nine years, hence the album’s title, Daddy’s Home. This led her to revisiting the vinyl records her dad used to play her when she was a child. As a press release puts it: “The records she has probably listened to more than any other music in her entire life. Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975.” Hence the vibe of the album’s promotion and packaging is decidedly ’70s.

In the press release Clark puts it this way: “Daddy’s Home” collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night’s heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up for three days straight.”

St. Vincent has shared a second single from her upcoming album Daddy’s Home, “The Melting of the Sun.” This one’s mellow, groovy, soulful and funky in a ’70s sort of way. Watch the animated video below. On the new single, which St. Vincent (real name Annie Clark) co-produced with Jack Antonoff, she pays homage to several artists who have inspired her, including Joni Mitchell and Marilyn Monroe.

“Saint Joni ain’t no phony/Smoking reds where Furry sang the blues/My Marilyn shot her heroin/Hell she said it’s better than abuse,” she sings on the swirling, Seventies-vibed track. “So who am I trying to be? A benzo beauty queen?”

She recently discussed the women behind the lyric’s inspirations with Rolling Stone. “People tried to quiet them when they were saying something that was righteous or true or hard to hear,” Clark said. “[That song] in particular is a love letter to strong, brilliant female artists. Each of them survived in an environment that was in a lot of ways hostile to them.” “People tried to quiet them when they were saying something that was righteous or true or hard to hear,” Clark said in a statement. “[That song] in particular is a love letter to strong, brilliant female artists. Each of them survived in an environment that was in a lot of ways hostile to them.

“The Melting of the Sun” follows the previously released LP single “Pay Your Way in Pain.” However, this search for the distinct taste of late-night cocktail bars in the ’70s is one that St. Vincent manages to pull off with authenticity. As one might expect with such a subject, at times, the song does feel slightly contrived and perhaps too cliched.

Nevertheless, “Daddy’s Home” is shaping up to be a fascinating release from one of the most unpredictable artists around, who continues to shift into different personas for every single record. So far, the two singles released feel like they’re from two different artists. ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’ was a sassy, vigoured effort and followed up with a nostalgia-soaked ballad. A total contrast, but somehow St. Vincent has managed to make this style work on ‘The Melting Of The Sun’.

Daddy’s Home, which was co-produced by Jack Antonoff, is out May 14. St. Vincent will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend

The album is about her father’s release from prison after serving a sentence for white-collar crime. Annie Clark announced the record last month with the glitzy comeback single, ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’. Now with ‘The Melting Of The Sun’, she has offered a moment of calm and contemplation, 

The new album “Daddy’s Home”, out May 14th

Julia Stone: Sixty Summers: Limited Edition Gold Vinyl

Eight years after Stone’s last solo record, Sixty Summers arrives as a powerful rebirth for one of Australia’s most prolific artists. Emerging from the wildernesses of folk and indie-rock, with “Sixty Summers” Stone dives headfirst into the cosmopolitan, hedonistic world of late-night, moonlit pop. The stunning album brings us the grit and glitter of the city, with all its attendant joys, dangers, romances and risks.

It is Stone at her truest, brightest self, a revered icon finally sharing her long, secret love affair with this vibrant and complex genre. Recorded sporadically over five years from 2015 to 2019, Sixty Summers was shaped profoundly by Stone’s key collaborators on the album: Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, and Annie Clark, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer known as St. Vincent. Bartlett and Clark were the symbiotic pair Stone needed to realise her first pop vision.

A wizard of production and song writing, Bartlett helped coax Sixty Summers’ independent, elemental spirit from Stone, writing and recording over 50 demos with her at his studio in New York. Itself a thoroughfare for indie rock luminaries, some of whom, such as The National’s Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner, ended up on the album, Bartlett’s studio was perfect fertile ground for Stone’s growth.

Julia Stone’s forthcoming album ‘Sixty Summers’, released 30th April:

St. Vincent has teased her next album with a poster campaign. The new record is reportedly called “Daddy’s Home” and it reportedly drops May 14 via Loma Vista.

Teasers for St. Vincent‘s anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Masseduction” have begun popping up, and while officially Annie Clark has been mum on the subject, recently tweeting “Nothing to see here,” she’s now discussed the album, which is apparently called Daddy’s Home and features production by Jack Antonoff, more in a new interview on Substack newsletter The New Cue. “I would say it’s the sound of being down and out Downtown in New York, 1973,” she says. “Glamour that hasn’t slept for three days.”

“In hindsight, I realized that the [last album, 2017’s] Masseduction and tour was so incredibly strict,” she continues, “whether it was the outfits I was wearing that literally constricted me, to the show being tight and the music being angular and rigid. When I wrapped that, I was like ‘oh, I just want things that are fluid and wiggly and I want this music to look like a Cassavetes film. I wanted it to be warm tones and not really distorted, to tell these stories of flawed people being flawed and doing the best they can. Which is kind of what my life is.”

Images of the teaser posters have been cropping up across social media platforms. They feature a blond Annie Clark standing in a maroon suit next to what appears to be an album cover. “St. Vincent is back with a record of all-new songs,” a text panel reads. “Warm Wurlitzers and wit, glistening guitars and grit, with sleaze and style for days. Taking you from uptown to downtown with the artist who makes you expect the unexpected.” The poster claims that the record will be available May 14th.

Late last year, Clark said that a new album was “locked and loaded” for 2021. In between producing music for Sleater-Kinney, hosting a podcast from her shower, and putting the finishing touches on Daddy’s Home, St. Vincent may have entered a dirty rabbit hole, exploring more sordid tales.

A song that makes you feel like you need to permission to listen, “Pay Your Way In Pain” oozes the funk of what’s to be expected from Daddy’s Home.

“‘Daddy’s Home’ collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC,” says Clark. “Last night’s heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up for three days straight.”

Asked what she was listening to while making this album, Annie says, “I went back to these records that I probably listened to more in my life than at any other time, music made in New York from 1971-76, typically post-flower child, kick the hippie idealism out of it, America’s in a recession but pre-disco, the sort of gritty, raw, wiggly nihilistic part of that. It’s not a glamorous time, there’s a lot of dirt under the fingernails. It was really about feel and vibe but with song and stories.”

Through a grainier retro screen, Annie Clark (St. Vincent) is summoning her inner 1970s starlet sleaze on Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista), out May 14th, sharing the first single “Pay Your Way in Pain” with a video, directed by Bill Benz—who also worked on Clark and Carrie Brownstein’s upcoming movie The Nowhere Inn—showing St. Vincent entering a vortex of network television variety shows.

“Daddy’s Home” is expected May 14th via Loma Vista, and lead single “Pay Your Way In Pain” is reportedly arriving Friday (March 5th).

Fans of St. Vincent’s 2017 album Masseduction are about to hear its songs in a new light, starting with a stripped-down version of “Savior.” Swapping synths for piano, “Savior” now showcases Annie Clark’s vocal range while tapping into the original’s darker, more plaintive undercurrents.

The song comes as a taste of MassEducationa new version of Masseduction that pairs Clark’s resonant voice with Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett on piano. Intimate and focused, the reworked songs were performed and recorded in two days at Manhattan’s Electric Lady Studio. A handwritten letter by Clark sets the scene for this process: “Thomas and I faced each other — him, hunched over a grand piano, me, curled on a couch.”

Clark suggests that it’s the impromptu collaboration with Bartlett that lends the songs a new dimension. She describes the new record as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City.”

‘Savior’ reimagined for St. Vincent’s newest album ‘MassEducation’ coming October 12th. ‘MassEducation’ is in fact another dimension of last year’s universally acclaimed MASSEDUCTION.

MassEducation comes out Oct. 12 on Loma Vista Recordings.

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Masseduction, St. Vincent’s fifth solo album, is a neck-snapping magnum opus. Though dark, it avoids the kind of overdone, maudlin doom and gloom that mopes instead of shocks; it’s the most conceptually perfect and perfectly constructed album in a whole catalog incredible albums. Every second and noise is accounted for, but it’s not so stuffy that there isn’t air to breathe. Rather, the fester of drugs, fame, loss, sex, indulgence and suicide found on Masseduction are strained through Annie Clark’s signature clever grin. While other artists attempted high-concept album roll-outs in the last year, none did so as successfully or cohesively as St.Vincent’s Masseduction — in part because her themes are vital in our current cultural conversation. For her first album in three years, Annie Clark dissects sexuality, power dynamics, and fractured identity in an industry embroiled in assault and harassment. And though she addresses the loss of control head on, she asserts her own power and control without ever presuming either can be had. Masseduction is defiance writ large by exploring reality’s smallest and most pervasive pains.

Read through the write-ups on St. Vincent’s brilliantly Kubrick-esque new record and count up how many times the male producer of this record is mentioned. It is a weird level of ignoring the endless work St. Vincent has done cultivating her sound. From her early days in Polyphonic Spree to the perfect pop of Strange Mercy to that psychotic record with David Byrne to the new album Masseduction her most succinct statement, like it or not — St. Vincent has willed her vision into life. “Los Ageless” is her best song too. Well, that’s probably “Year of the Tiger”. But “Los Ageless” is her most succinct song, it’s her most well-executed song. It soft and delicate in its delivery while still being thrifty in its layers.

“New York” may be Annie Clark’s finest ballad, and the competition for that title is stiff. Her 2014 self-titled LP alone offered two credible contenders: “Prince Johnny” and “Severed Crossed Fingers”, the latter song being that masterpiece’s crowning achievement. But in an album packed with errant pop extravaganzas, “New York” stands in stark contrast as Masseduction’s grand and naked centerpiece.

Apart from a soaring gospel chorus, what makes “New York” so remarkable is its thematic plasticity. Is Clark lamenting the end of the early-aughts NYC music scene, recently documented (to great acclaim) by Lizzy Goodman? Is she mourning the death of David Bowie? Is she addressing her breakup with Cara Delevingne? The answer is, of course, all of the above and beyond.

“New York” is a classic composite song that, in the right light, fits this or that narrative. Which is to say, it’s universal, an elegy for many occasions, a multi-faceted opus. Choose your own adventure. But it only soars so high because Clark’s shattering melody can easily bear such a heavy burden, with weightlessness and might.

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St. Vincent   is essentially gifting her heart to the world with her intoxicating new album MASSEDUCTION, which comes out this Friday. On its third single release “Pills,” Annie Clark chants medicated verses in the tune of a whimsical jingle about drug dependency, culminating with a bluesy, decelerated outro that evokes a comedown. Clark enlisted a star-studded team to back her up on the track: Cara Delevingne and Jenny Lewis on vocals, Kamasi Washington on saxophone and beat production from Sounwave.

 

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New York” is a song by American musician St. Vincent. It was released on June 30th, 2017, through Loma Vista as the lead single off her fifth studio album, Masseduction. “New York” is a sombre ballad mourning the end of a relationship. Unlike her previous material, the song does not contain Clark’s “fiery guitar playing, nor the squelching industrial soundscapes of her great self-titled album from 2014. It’s just her voice, and some simple lilting piano chords—that’s about it.” The song finds Clark “singing without apparent irony about personal loss. The song could also be read as a eulogy for a certain portion of the soul of New York City itself; she sings mostly about locales in the East Village, painting them with a wild romantic streak that exists mostly in the memory of the city’s denizens.” It is far more straightforward than we’ve come to expect from Annie Clark,

American singer-songwriter St. Vincent treats the New York audience to her track fittingly titled ‘New York.’

St. Vincent was the musical guest on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, performing two new tracks from her forthcoming album Masseduction

Annie Clark chose to sing ‘New York’ live on the show with the iconic imagery from the album’s artwork taking centre stage behind her, choosing to change the usual “motherfucker” line to “you’re the only other sucker in the city who can handle me” due to television guidelines.

Following the live TV performance, St Vincent decided to treat guests of the show to a rendition of ‘Los Ageless’ – another track from the album but the familiar PVC boots as seen in the official video reemerged for the performance.

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This song is a striking, slow-burning tale of loss and isolation that grows and rises and ramps up with the help of symphonic flourishes, never releasing the tension so you’re left gasping for more after the last beat fades.

Annie Clark aka St Vincent has detailed her upcoming tour for this month – find out full details and ticket info at ilovestvincent.com.

Clark’s been busy since the end of her self titled record campaign, contributing to the “Bobs Burgers” box set, releasing a new horror film and designing a new guitar … amongst other things.

In December last year Clark revealed a few details about her the follow up to her eponymous 2014 album, including that it’d be out in spring (although this was clearly incorrect).

“I’ve been able to step back and reflect and not just be in the tour, record, tour, record cycle that I’ve been in for about 10 years,” Clark has said . “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done… I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geo-political standpoint. The personal is political and therefore the political can’t help but influence the art. And only music that has something pretty real to say is gonna cut the mustard.”

“New York” is out now via Loma Vista/Caroline International.

Two nights ago, St Vincent performed a blistering one hour set on the Letterman webcast , and two songs on the Letterman TV show St Vinvent is to headline the End Of The Road Festival on friday evening on the Woods Stage,

check out St Vincent Annie Clark talking about her guitars, het tutor and her guitar style