Singer, songwriter and guitarist Annie Clark, best known as St. Vincent, came through town on Friday, February 28th and performed a radiant, imaginative show at Union Transfer. Clark is currently on tour in support of her stunning new self-titled album. Earlier in the day, she played a sold out Free At Noon and did a World Cafe session with David Dye. You can listen to the entire session here, and below, download a live version of “Prince Johnny,” from her recent album, St. Vincent.
Attending a St. Vincent concert is different than an average night out seeing your favorite band. A performance from this artist is just that, a performance. Last night’s sold-out show at Union Transfer was a mix of music, interpretative dance, and wordplay. The brilliant and divine Annie Clark put together a stunning array of entertainment, delving into a 20-song set list and giving the audience a taste of her creative and gleaming magnetism.
Her fourth studio album, the self titled St. Vincent, released on Loma Vista and Republic Records, “does not sound like it was recorded here on Earth” says Pitchfork. Her baroque pop and art rock styles were brought to the immediate surface with this album, touching the playful and intriguing style of her music and singular personality on display during her performance last night.
The eager crowd cheered and bounced when Annie Clark came out onto the stage, radiating mysterious beauty with her David Bowie inspired white / purple hair, wearing a white gown with a blood-red smear front. Her pale complexion and dark blue eye shadow just seem to work. Seeing her standing in front of you almost feels like staring at a piece of artwork, or watching an animated character. She opened the show with the first song off the new album, “Rattlesnake” which she has said was inspired by a nude stroll in the woods where she was nearly bit by a rattlesnake. The upbeat techno backing matched Clark’s robotic dance moves perfectly. She shook her shoulders and opened her eyes wide, moving each of her limbs one by one and shuffling her feet across the stage.
She moved into “Digital Witness”, the first single from the new album. The song talks about the changes in a modern digital age: “people turn the TV on / it looks just like a window.” The song encapsulates the way people look at the world today through such a digital lens, which she discussed when she appeared on the Colbert Report earlier this past week. Continue reading →
St. Vincent is performing this Friday for our weekly Free at Noon concert series. The show is sold out. Ben O’Neill is a Philly artist and is also a fan of St Vincent. Recently he recorded a really great cover of one of her songs, “Cheerleader” (one of my favorites). I asked him why he decided to record this song AND do a video, and here’s what he said.
I find St. Vincent to be a compelling, unique and unapologetic artist. Her music combines pop and avant-garde in a way I find truly inspiring. She highlights this combination in “Cheerleader” which uses relatable lyrics in a pop song format in conjunction with chromatic melodies and otherworldly guitar and synth textures. The song has shocking contrast between the subtle, atmospheric verses and massive, hard-hitting choruses which demanded my attention right from the first listen. She’s an artist that marches to the beat of her own drummer and her individuality inspires me to keep creating my own music.
My team and I put the effort into creating this cover and video because we felt that our version was exciting and wanted to add a compelling visual element. My cover is similar enough to show our deep respect for St. Vincent’s creative vision and different enough to stand on its own. Director Steven Jon was looking for a new project and was generous enough to lend his talents to pull the video together.
I have yet to see St. Vincent in person but am thankful that will change on Friday! And remember to tune in to WXPN Monday through Friday in the 1:00 hour to hear my Philly Local Pick of the day.
Tonight on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, we’re all about digging deep. So many newly (and soon to be) released records have hidden gems that were meant to be shared. We’ll hear songs from The Both, The Notwist, Bombay Bicycle Club and a two-song spotlight on the new Phantogram album! Here are a few songs you’ll hear tonight (starting at 10pm!)
New York based experimental indie rock musician Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, recently released a “Digital Witness,” a song off her forthcoming self-titled album. A real funky tune filled with horns, some synth, and a chorus that has Clark singing “What’s the point of even sleeping / If I can’t show it, you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything” over a dirty bass line. This is the second single off St. Vincent, and I’d say its gearing up to be one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Check out both of the creatively thumping tracks below, and know there is something a little eye-deceiving about the video for “Digital Witness” Pre-order the forthcoming album from St. Vincent here or on iTunes. Get tickets to her show at Union Transferhere.
Another new music-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is in your future! Tonight at 10pm on XPN, to be precise. There’s a whole lot of new music to get to, including new tracks from…well, have a gander below and tune in tonight to hear these (and more) in the mix!
Indie pop singer-songwriter St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) will play Union Transfer on February 28th fresh off the release of her new self-titled album (due February 25th via Republic Records). Last year, she released Love This Giant, a collaborative album with David Byrne (ex-Talking Heads). Listen to St. Vincent’s new gloriously synthy track “Birth in Reverse” below and download it for free on her official site upon joining her mailing list.
David Byrne & St. Vincent have released a new EP, Brass Tactics, for free. In exchange for your e-mail address below, the EP includes live material from their recent tour including a version of “Road To Nowhere,” and a previously unreleased song, “Cissus.”
On the heels of their collaborative full-length release Love This Giant, David Byrne and Saint Vincent make an appearance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. Tickets to the all-ages performance range from $39.50 to $65 and are available here. Below, watch a music video for their song “Who.”
Love This Giant brings Byrne and Clark together in provocative and frequently exciting ways, thanks in part to a slyly funky horn section and an overarching sense of brainy boldness. Though they swap lead-vocal duties, Byrne’s jittery, globe-trotting eclecticism tends to overshadow Clark’s efforts, in part because the horns’ volume forces her guitar work out of the foreground. But Byrne sounds more invigorated than he has in years, and as one of the best young singers, arrangers and guitarists in the business, Clark possesses a craftsmanship-intensive oddness which meshes nicely with his.
Listen to Love This Giant in its entirety via NPR Music here.