St. Vincent - a.k.a. Annie Clark;

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^^ One benefit of this is that anytime someone who likes popular indie along those lines asks you for a recommendation, St. Vincent is something good and interesting but exactly in the right vicinity for them to like. I do wish her records sounded as good as she does live, though.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 00:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's a lot to be said for doing something a billion times more interestingly and effectively than most! God, this is good stuff. This is what is meant by the word 'realised' in reference to albums. Also, 'uncategorisable'. Add 'The Neighbors' and possibly 'The Strangers' to my list of holy shit this is fucking amazing

This is indeed the sort of album which should appeal to a fairly wide market of at least slightly committed sonic enthusiasts. A recommendation as likely to work on me as on someone whose taste rarely gets more leftfield than Portishead, or someone who has completely renounced mainstream pop for Steely Dan or whatever.

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 00:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I continue to be baffled by the love for this one, I still vastly prefer her debut to this one. I keep returning to it in the hopes of discovering what everyone else seems to be hearing in it but, nope, still just decent sounding to me.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 01:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ha, this is exactly what I meant way upthread -- most of the terms you'd use to describe her music really do risk making her sound like "bearded American indie stuff beloved on National Public Radio." And to be honest with you, I would actually not argue that she's totally categorically distinct from that stuff. I really don't think she's that far away, unfashionable thought that might sound to some people. The difference is mostly just that she's a billion times more interesting and better at it than most. Artier, more graceful, more musical, better with mood, more imaginative, etc.

I'm sure most would say I'm way off base, but I hear a lot of Kate Bush in St. Vincent (at least in the lead single from the new album).

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

The "Paint a black hole blacker" bits in "The Stranger" seem like an obvious Bushism.

Monophonic Spree (Paul in Santa Cruz), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

I recently caught her performing on Austin City Limits and it was beautiful. The music had a very slow weight that reminded me of many things, L'Altra maybe. I listened to the album again and was mostly bored. Maybe her next album will caputre the magic of her live performances. Even her vocals are the album aren't as beautiful as they are live.

Jacob Sanders, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 05:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

If she's that much better live than on record, I need to see her live badly, because her records are awesome. Prefer the new one to the debut, but only got the debut on Saturday. Seems a little tamer.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 07:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would say that her records are v v compressed compared to live -- this can be true of a great many records v. live situations

Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 07:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

i don't hear anything beardy NPR dude about her music at all except that occasionally there are maybe hints of old timeyness to it - but it's much more urban (as opposed to rural, beardy, backwoodsy) sounding than that. glimpses of 1920s glamour rather than that old tyme music hall thing. she is, at her best, totally uncategorisable in the same way that classic old skool 4ad was: haunting, evocative, otherworldly and yet visceral and teeth and bones and blood and flesh rather than filmy ghosts

kate bush comparisons are so o_0 wtf becoz yes, all otherworldly gurl singer-songwriter auteurs must be cut from the same cloth and that is the ETHEREAL staitjacket oh yessss

Karen Tregaskin, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 11:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would say that her records are v v compressed compared to live

makes sense, you can hear it on the 'Marrow' intro where her "reach the parts that need oilin and fixin" line is a bit too low, quiet and lost in the choral haze.

mdskltr (blueski), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 12:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

closest comparison i hear is suzanne vega but honestly i tend to think that a lot for female singers with flatter, less emotive voices and avante-garde leanings

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

kate bush comparisons are so o_0 wtf becoz yes, all otherworldly gurl singer-songwriter auteurs must be cut from the same cloth and that is the ETHEREAL staitjacket oh yessss

No, it's not that. What Paul in Santa Cruz heard is the best example of what I heard: "The "Paint a black hole blacker" bits in "The Stranger" seem like an obvious Bushism."

Actually, I don't think I've heard another artist that I've thought sounds like Kate Bush.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

(I should say that it's the way that portion of the song is arranged and sounds and maybe St. Vincent's delivery -- not the lyrics themselves -- that triggered the comparison for me)

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

i guess you could say some kate comparisons are more valid than others...

mdskltr (blueski), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

it just seems like such a lazy bad "female, a bit mad, slightly technological" reference point that it's come to be meaningless

Karen Tregaskin, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Who else is supposed to sound like Kate Bush?

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

come on, i've heard it used to describe everyone from florence & the machine to voice of the sodding beehive

Karen Tregaskin, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

(anyway i don't actually care about this enough to argue - if it makes more people come around to st.vincent then fine use whatever terminology you want)

Karen Tregaskin, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 13:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Who else is supposed to sound like Kate Bush?

Bat for Lashes, Florence and the Machine, a couple of songs w/female vocals on the last M83 album (e.g., "Up").

Nuyorican oatmeal (jaymc), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 14:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Patrick Wolf sounds like Kate Bush occasionally, and very deliberately. Also dresses like her from time to time too. He has a penis.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 14:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

But yeah, I was saying to Em the other day, I don't know how I'd describe St. Vincent. At all.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 14:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Who else is supposed to sound like Kate Bush?

Blue Roses

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 14:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

one sad note - the album is solid gold awesome super brilliant for 7 tracks, but then loses momentum in the final stretch...'just the same but brand new' is really good, but 'the bed' and 'the party' slightly sabotage the flow

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 17:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

sheer martial panic of the slightly 'lonesome tears'-esque ending of 'black rainbow' into the similarly rising but this time utterly sweet rising motif of 'laughing...' = incredible feat of sequencing

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 17:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

erm delete the second 'rising'

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Party has such beautiful lyrics though, Louis.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 19:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Especially when she stops singing words.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 19:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

i realise i'm pretty late to this, but having discovered this through the ilx albums poll a couple of months ago, i can safely say it's the most played thing i;ve had in the house this year... jesus is it already mid-April? I'll be 60 before I know it.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Annie has certain co-lineage w/ Sufjan; what mighst bequeathest if thee parturitate? Immediate immaculate and blinding white-hot winged ascension?

Tonight's Austin City Limits (http://video.pbs.org/video/1697650631/) demonstrates an axe-maven extraordinaire with, yes, the red lips and white skin of the aforementioned "minx" entrenched. It's all true; and i love her for it.

God save St. V!

suspecterrain, Sunday, 19 December 2010 04:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

the Sufjanphonic Squee

buzza, Sunday, 19 December 2010 04:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

i want to eye fuck annie clark while she makes fuzzy noises with her electric guitar

jumpskins, Sunday, 19 December 2010 13:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well it seems you've come to the right pl

ARP 2600 vs. Atari 2600 (Ówen P.), Sunday, 19 December 2010 13:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Out of everything I discovered through last year's albums poll, "Actor" is the album that I come back to time and again. Absolutely amazing. Had it on constant rotation for 12 months and I still come back for more.

Bernard V. O'Hare (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

(realises he posted something similar only a few months back).

Bernard V. O'Hare (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 16:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Set me on fire.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 May 2011 17:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is there a new album coming soon? Please!

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 23 May 2011 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy shit shes awesome

just sayin, Monday, 23 May 2011 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really excited for a new album from her, but I'm sure I'm the only person on ILM that thought the last one was a minor disappointment. It seemed to be universally loved, but I wasn't as excited by it as I was by her debut.

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 23 May 2011 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

The last one wasn't a disappoint, but it wasn't nearly as entrancing as Marry Me.

failure to recognize semi-ironic 'faggot' (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 23 May 2011 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

that big black cover, oh yeah.

i want to eyefuck her while she makes fuzzy noises with her pedals

jumpskins, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 07:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

So great.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Yeah. "eyefucking". Great.

And you guys have a problem with how *I* talk about, say, Patrick Wolf on this board?

Karen D. Tregaskin, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Yeah. "eyefucking". Great.

And you guys have a problem with how *I* talk about, say, Patrick Wolf on this board?

― Karen D. Tregaskin, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:25 AM (9 hours ago) Bookmark

I have absolutely no problem with how you talk about Patrick Wolf, so long as you agree that he's mind-blowingly pretty and totally fuckworthy.

But, yeah, while Annie Clark is v. attractive, the proper focus should totally be on the fact that she is a total musical genius.

failure to recognize semi-ironic 'faggot' (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd assumed DL was going "great!" at the cover rather than the weirdo posting above him.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I should probably go back to the last album, I liked it but it never quite resonated with me.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

after seeing this thread i relistened to the last one again. i loved it before, still loving it.

so come right back, we have count dracula and we have adam rich (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Aw, Alex, I've come around on Patrick Wolf, but this isn't the thread for that.

I've just realised I've never actually listened to Marry Me. Which is completely remiss considering how much I loved Actor.

So it's like I get a brand new album now instead of having to wait for one!

Karen D. Tregaskin, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

To be fair Karen she does have some very large eyeballs

THE Alan Moulder?!? (Ówen P.), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Haha! Oh I'm so looking forward to this. Why did I never check marry me?!?!

broodje kroket (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

New album Sept 13. Stoked.

Deverly (Bangelo), Wednesday, 13 July 2011 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

What other records use brass in ways comparable to this? There must be some but I can't think of anything off he top of my head.

Moloko/Roísín Murphy was my reaction when I first heard this album this morning. Quite like it! Love it when Byrne uses his more humble/insecure voice in e.g. "Dinner For Two" instead of his usual, more forceful delivery.

willem, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Seeing the show tonight, but underwhelmed by the album.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Saw the show last night and liked the songs from the album better live. Live they are also doing lots of choreography for each number plus using lights and shadows to keep your interest. Alas, Byrne's stiff movements don't seem that endearing to me, and Annie's wiggling also gets a bit predictable. Her voice sounds great I just wish she would write some (conventional) choruses and hooks. The crowd was mainly there for David Byrne I sensed. It was a really expensive show-- $75 to $125 list for tickets.

Haven't looked for the Strathmore (MD/DC ) setlist online. It will be a slight bit different than this one from NY that I saw but its not that different:

Who
Weekend in the Dust
Strange Overtones
(David Byrne cover)
Lazy
(David Byrne cover)
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
(Talking Heads cover)
I am an Ape
Marrow
(St. Vincent cover)
I Should Watch TV
Ice Age
Like Humans Do
(David Byrne cover)
The One Who Broke Your Heart
Lazarus
Cheerleader
(St. Vincent cover)
Outside of Space and Time
Encore:
Cruel
(St. Vincent cover)
Burning Down The House
(Talking Heads cover)
Encore 2:
The Party
(St. Vincent cover)
Road To Nowhere
(Talking Heads cover)

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 October 2012 13:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

that looks like an awesome setlist

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Monday, 1 October 2012 13:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Aye, I bet that was wicked. Prefer her songs / vocals to his on the record.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 1 October 2012 13:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

set the controls for the heart of the congos (thomp), Monday, 1 October 2012 15:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

imo this is quite lovely and the out of focus cameraphone footage rather accentuates it

set the controls for the heart of the congos (thomp), Monday, 1 October 2012 15:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Still getting my head round this. Hate to say it, but Byrne's hokier moments (singing about TV and procreation etc) kind of spoil it a little bit. It's a great pairing though - Annie's moments really do remind me of prime TH-songwriting style. It's roughly 70/30 good/bad though.

where is el airoporto? (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

if they tour the uk, I'll def be there.

where is el airoporto? (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

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