St. Vincent is the name which multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Annie Clark records under. I heard her 2007 debut, Marry Me, and to be honest, I didn't knock me out. But now I find myself wishing I could track it down, because Actor, St. Vincent's recently released sophomore set, is exquisite. Check out this video for "Out of Work Actor," one of several fine tracks on the album.
As you heard in that clip, Clark's voice has an ethereal quality that's reminiscent of Tori Amos and Kate Bush. Yet her songs, filled with weird guitar and vocal effects and percussion, become more intense and stranger as they progress. Check out this mind-blowing live premiere of "The Strangers," Actor's opening track, for proof. You can take a listen to the studio version as well.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma-born Clark dabbled in composition when she was still a teen, composing original music for her high school's production of Alice In Wonderland before joining her aunt and uncle, better knownRead More »from St. Vincent’s Soul-Soothing Sounds For Troubled Times