Song of the Day 3/12/09: St. Vincent - The Strangers
St. Vincent, the curly haired doe-eyed beauty also known as Annie Clark, has stepped out way beyond the shadows of her Sufjan Stevens/Polyphonic Spree guitar playing/background vocal gigs. “The Stranger” is the first taste of what’s to come from her forthcoming sophomore album, Actor, which is due out May 5 on 4AD. It’s been nearly two years since the release of Marry Me, her debut solo album, and will feature eleven new tracks. Clark—or St. Vincent—has this element of fantasy in her music that combined with her sultry-crooner vocals might give the impression of a lounge-style live show with a full band set-up. Well, you’d be wrong my friend in that assumption. Although on her Actor recordings she brings in a few guest musicians, for the most part Annie prefers to take center stage. After repeated listening of “the Stranger” it’s no surprise that among Clark’s influences are Disney soundtracks like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp. “The Stranger” is evidence that the songwriting on the album is going to appear much grander, confident, and yes, cinematic. I hope missus Annie Clark is prepared for more marriage proposals and more broken hearts.
- Nicole Coxe
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