After a series of cryptic images posted on her Facebook page, suggestive snaps of a neo-Elizabethan hairdo and snippets of new music on her website, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) has finally announced her new studio album, St. Vincent, set to be released on February 24.
The album’s first single, “Birth in Reverse”, is already available for free download, accompanied by new cover art that shows Clark bequiffed and gowned like an alien monarch, seated on a pink plastic throne in a clinically tiled B-grade sci-fi space pod. Classic Annie.
A self-titled album seems fitting, if the single is anything to go by. With its dirty, crunchy guitar hooks and casually twisted lyricism (“Oh what an ordinary day / Take out the garbage, masturbate”), this is St. Vincent in true form, clearly revelling in her own sardonic humour. She has already described the album as “a party record you could play at a funeral,” which – given the morbid, chaotic joy of 2011’s Strange Mercy – is just the sort of paradoxical style she relishes.
I don’t mind telling you that I love this woman to death, and St. Vincent is another must-have purchase on my list for the first quarter of 2014. Have a listen to “Birth in Reverse” below; the single is available for free download at ilovestvincent.com.