Friday, August 26, 2011

St.Vincent - Strange Mercy (2011)

8/26/11 6:10AM-7:00PM

"Hey Everyone - going to be on the Late Show with David Letterman this Monday night!"

new video for "Cruel"

7/14/11 5:00AM - 9:25PM, 7/22/11 3:30PM Click on the "Surgeon" link below to hear and/or download said new track.


Track listing

1. Chloe in the Afternoon
2. Cruel
3. Cheerleader
4. Surgeon
5. Northern Lights
6. Strange Mercy
7. Neutered Fruit
8. Champagne Year
9. Dilettante
10. Hysterical Strength

8/25 – New York, NY — Metropolitan Museum of Art
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN — McGuire Theatre
10/3 – Milwaukee, WI — Pabst Theater
10/5 – Chicago, IL — Metro
10/6 – St. Louis, MO — Old Rock House
10/7 – Lawrence, KS — Liberty Hall
10/8 – Boulder, CO — Boulder Theater
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge
10/12 – Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
10/13 – Seattle, WA — Neptune Theatre
10/14 – Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA — Music Box
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ — Crescent Ballroom
10/23 – Dallas, TX — Kessler Theater
10/24 – Austin, TX — Moody Theater at ACL Live
10/25 – Houston, TX — Fitzgerald’s
10/28 – Atlanta, GA — The EARL
10/30 – Charlottesville, VA — Jefferson Theater
11/1 – Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
11/2 – Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
11/3 – New York, NY — Webster Hall
11/4 – Boston, MA — Royale

6/2/11 11:32AM


St. Vincent, the nom-de-stage of Annie Clark, has confirmed the release of new album Strange Mercy, on 12th September. Having worked together on 2009's Actor, Clark reunited with producer John Congleton, recording the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios. The 11 new tracks showcase Clark's inimitable gift for melody, packing elegant arrangements with hefty emotional punches. Clark's virtuosity has long been recognised, and Strange Mercy finds her redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilizing the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield a brush. On 'Cruel' she elicits punchy bursts like an R&B horn section. 'Cheerleader' froths and boils, with deep and fuzzy guitars bubbling up to the surface, while 'Surgeon' twirls about endlessly, Clark's vocals dancing amid a blizzard of notes. Strange Mercy isn't an entirely solitary affair either, with Clark joined by a host of other musicians. Included among them are Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Grammy Award winning musician Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake’s MacKenzie Smith on drums, Daniel Hart on violin, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo. Since the release of her 2009 album Actor, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200, Clark has collaborated with some of the biggest names in indie music. She recorded with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for the Twilight soundtrack, had her song 'The Strangers' sampled by Kid Cudi (who she later performed with), and has been working with David Byrne on a forthcoming project. More recently, just last month she blew away a sold-out New York crowd at Michael Azerrad's "Our Concert Could Be Your Life", with a performance of Big Black's 'Kerosene', which the NME described as "a revelation of biblical proportions". Watch her performance below.

Actor was rather disappointing and pretty overrated to be honest. Although it had some moments, time has proved her 2007 debut record Marry Me to be superior. But that write-up intrigues me. She needs to show her chops and also do something different. Her live shows do slay her 2 studio albums no matter, and the Actor stuff was better live.

So, September 13th (or sooner) we'll find out if her studio work will take the leap.