by Cathryn Salamone (Actor/Musician)
Annie Clark, also known as her indie-rock musical identity St. Vincent, is my new obsession this week. I'd been introduced to her first album, Marry Me (2007) about three years ago and particularly enjoyed it for her soaring choruses paired with biting, poetic lyrics. After popping the CD in again and having a listen Monday afternoon, my obsession was rekindled.
If you don't know St. Vincent, allow me to provide an introduction.
1. Annie Clark plays electric guitar.
St. Vincent playing at the 4AD Session.
2. Her lyrics are fierce, raw, bold.
"Year Of The Tiger"
Italian shoes like these rubes know the difference
Suitcase of cash in the back of my stick shift
I had to be the best of the bourgeoisie
Now my kingdom for a cup of coffee
"Jesus Saves, I Spend"
While Jesus is saving, I'm spending all my days
In the garden-grey pallor of lines across your face
While people will cheer on the spectacle we've made
I'm sitting and sculpting menageries of saints
3. She is incredibly eloquent, with an educated point of view.
"I think a lot of times in my music I try to play with this duality of something that is very beautiful sonically that gets disturbed by something aggressive and distorted; that's colorful and compelling to my ear and kind of speaks to a world view...I guess, my worldview."
"Obviously you have to mine the past for music and influences...but I actually came to the conclusion that it's a somewhat cynical view - to be nostalgic - because it assumes that the past is better than the present or the future, and I don't necessarily believe that's true."
Her three albums, Marry Me (2007), Actor (2009), and Strange Mercy (2011), along with her collaborative album with David Byrne, Love This Giant (2012) are available on Spotify. And now, for my current favorite track of hers, from her most recent album:
CATHRYN SALAMONE is an actor, musician, and graphic designer based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of Pace University's BFA Musical Theatre program and co-vocalist of the pop duo Panhandle Poets. She also writes for the Glasgow-based women's collective TYCI. www.cathrynsalamone.com
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