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

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problem is it's crap-structures-falling-apart.
the refrains are GRAND, but she doesn't know what to do with them. these songs could be so much better and that is what i find so enormously frustrating.

iglu ferrignu, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

gawd, tori's "cruel" is so much better it's ridiculous, the production and rhythm are so insane on it

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

like, MARIMBAS

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

get back to me when annie clark starts using marimbas and whistles in her songs

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

correction there - i think it's adequate but oft unrelated structures falling apart craply and not in aid of the music, but for lack of an idea what to do with them otherwise. yegads, anyone would think she is ruins / misha mengelberg / the dead c the way people are vaunting this as some kinda revelation. just so peculiar that someone so obviously a very talented musician should have so many absolutely and completely dud chord progressions & unmemorable bridging parts.

iglu ferrignu, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 06:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

get back to me when annie clark starts using marimbas and whistles in her songs

― lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:22 (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

that's some pretty narrow criteria for good music TBF. I think the point with Annie Clarke is that she can make her guitar sound like marimbas and whistles.

Alexandre Dumbass (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

She's a phenom guitarist trapped in a art pop singer/songwriter that wants to soundtrack movies. The inevitable covers album will be a monster.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

saw her last night in oakland, wonderful, even with the bad mushy sound of the fox. major crowd surfing; i'm sure she only weight like 80 pounds but I still wouldn't have wanted to have gotten clocked in the head by her boots. her guitar playing actually reminds me more of adrian belew than fripp, and she has the stage presence of prince.

akm, Thursday, 26 April 2012 03:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

YES I've been saying Belew for years. Absolutely.

Ò (Ówen P.), Thursday, 26 April 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's funny because i just went back and read an interview with her (av club I think) and he asked her if she'd seen Home of the Brave (Laurie Anderson) and she said no but he drew the same comparison. Glad to know it wasn't my sometimes overly 80's KC-saturated brain making this up.

akm, Thursday, 26 April 2012 04:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

David Byrne & St. Vincent collaborate for new LP "Love This Giant" out September 10(UK)/11(US) ON 4AD/Todo Mundo

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

is this the only mention of it on ilx? hm.

thomp, Thursday, 30 August 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

hmmm. Single did not wow me.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 August 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

she has the stage presence of prince

Wow, really? Never seen her live

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 August 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's lots of great st. vincent live online - pf linked this one some time back, it's awesome

saw her live once and was blown away, only thing might annoy you she's not that "true" to the songs' album sound but if you can get past that it's really something special. there's so much dynamics and she is wiiild :-)

niels, Friday, 31 August 2012 08:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, the times I've seen her she's generally been very formal, except for the guitar freakouts, which seemed kind of ironic counterpoints to her otherwise intentionally stylized/stiff/cold stage demeanor. I mean, it works, but I would not put her on my short list of dynamic, charismatic performers.

Love her covers, though, which is when I usually see her go nuts. Her Pop Group cover was incredible.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 August 2012 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish I liked Strange Mercy more, i really do but I don't

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Friday, 31 August 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, the times I've seen her she's generally been very formal, except for the guitar freakouts, which seemed kind of ironic counterpoints to her otherwise intentionally stylized/stiff/cold stage demeanor. I mean, it works, but I would not put her on my short list of dynamic, charismatic performers.

Love her covers, though, which is when I usually see her go nuts. Her Pop Group cover was incredible.

I'd echo this. Her songs live were very true to the album versions minus some extra-skronky guitar workouts. That being said---excellent live show. She also crowd-surfed during her Pop Group cover...I was impressed.

dronestreet, Friday, 31 August 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought she was amazing live. Also, and I hate to say it, much more strikingly beautiful than I'd imagined - her eyes were just luminescent and absorbing. And she rocked. Like Robert Fripp.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 31 August 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Haha, I read your post as

I thought she was amazing live. Also, and I hate to say it, much more strikingly beautiful than I'd imagined - her eyes were just like Robert Fripp's.

― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 31 August 2012 16:07 (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Friday, 31 August 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

someone has never seen Prince

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 31 August 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

still need to listen to this some more

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 September 2012 18:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

a frigid creature this one is

marginal victory, Friday, 7 September 2012 22:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm loving it.

Jazzbo, Sunday, 9 September 2012 12:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

THere was a piece on them in the Guardian yesterday
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/sep/08/david-byrne-st-vincent?INTCMP=SRCH

Stevolende, Sunday, 9 September 2012 13:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

"I saw this diminutive minx open for John Vanderslice this past Saturday night"

thomp, Sunday, 9 September 2012 14:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I definitely wake up when she's singing lead, or better yet, solo. If Byrne's writing or co-writing those songs, good for him, but so far I'm wishing he'd stayed more in the background. "I Used To Watch TV" has some of the old T.Heads engagement, though, and I'll listen some more. Good horns, wish she was playing more audible guitar.

dow, Sunday, 9 September 2012 14:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

fun detail from the guardian thing is that the prosthetics for the cover are by the guy who did matthew barney's

thomp, Sunday, 9 September 2012 14:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

eh-- my reaction so far to the new album

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 September 2012 03:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Sonically, texturally, in terms of energy, ideas, this is great on first exposure. Dunno how the songs will hold up in time but they don't quite seem like the primary focus yet.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 09:07 (1 year 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.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 12:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

this is the first thing byrne has done in years that I've liked. probably the first album since his s/t one.

akm, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 13:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was expecting it to be not so great, as 1) Melissa said she didn't like it and 2) BRASS. I am semi-allergic to brass but wow, this album was actually all kinds of awesome, I liked it from the first hearing, and it got even better the more I listened to it. The brass arrangements are really quite unusual, not what I was expecting at all, and really quite moreish.

Atomow dhe Kres? MY A VYNN, mar pleg! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

(But mostly it made me dig out a bunch of old Talking Heads records I haven't listened to since I was in high school.)

Atomow dhe Kres? MY A VYNN, mar pleg! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Do you like St Vincent's other stuff WCC?

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 10:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes.

Atomow dhe Kres? MY A VYNN, mar pleg! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 10:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Personally I loved Actor so much but Strange Mercy kind of grated on me. I'm looking forward to hearing this record though.

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 10:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

st. vincent is a bit lame

conrad, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

you're a bit lame.

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was lukewarm on the album after a couple spins (except for the horn arrangements, it wasn't really grabbing me...though I was working while listening).

However, seeing these Jimmy Fallon live performances really brought things together. Think I might end up digging this as much as the last St. Vincent record (a pop gem), though in a more brainy, less brawny manner. Bummed that the closest this tour is coming to me is Chicago in the middle of the week. Times like this...hate the Midwest.

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/david-byrne-and-st-vincent-the-forest-awakes-91012/1416222/

dronestreet, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Byrne's vocal melodies have not won me over yet, but maybe if I give it a few more listens.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

She seems better live, judging by a number of fairly recent YouTubes. Drop-dead cool gradually becomes poignant (emerging/undertow desperation of the "Joan Didionesque" persona she's cited), plus hairline fractures in keyboard bridges x guitar skronk. Byrne x horns-wise, so far I prefer Music From The Knee Plays.

dow, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 15:27 (1 year 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


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