Annie Clark (the woman behind the pseudonym) teamed up with super-producer Jack Antonoff to deliver a pop twist on her usual alternative sound and garnered some of the best reviews of her already critically-adored career.
Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy‘ sits at #13 on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll, followed by St. Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness.’
St. Vincent has been kicking around for a few years now, producing interesting videos and collaborating with fellow oddball David Byrne. But her latest, self-titled, album has received her best reviews to date and topped many a critic’s year-end list.
St. Vincent showed up in my video round-up last year with ‘Cruel,’ a video in which she was kidnapped by a family, forced to serve them and then buried alive in the front yard.
This year she returns as a giant museum exhibit who breaks free from her bonds before literally falling to pieces.
I think the woman has some issues. Fortunately she’s working them out through compelling short films for our enjoyment.
St. Vincent is the stage name of singer-songwriter Annie Erin Clark, who was born in Oklahoma, raised in Dallas and is currently based out of New York City. She has been a member of both the Polyphonic Spree (another band I know very little about) and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band.
Today’s track, ‘Cruel,’ is the first single from her third full-length album, Strange Mercy, and it features a rather unsettling video.