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St. Vincent Shares New Single “Birth In Reverse”

After last year’s highly creative and classy collaboration with David Byrne, baroque pop songstress St. Vincent (nee Annie Clark) is back with a new blonde ‘do, an Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian (for her creative approach to the performing arts), and a new self-titled album in the works. This week, she teased us with a new single, “Birth In Reverse,” from the upcoming record.

It’s got to say something when you’re barely in your 30s, and you’ve got the Smithsonian featuring you, not to mention pundits and critics parsing your work to understand the dichotomy between method and madness in your music. I like to keep it simple: the thing I love most about this girl is that you never know what sound you’re going to hear next. Clark has this ability to take the most diverse and unexpected sounds and craft them into a song that is highly experimental yet somehow stays with you. She may be an acquired taste for some, but in my view, she’s a true artist.

“Birth In Reverse” is surprisingly mainstream-ish for St. Vincent, driven by a steady pop beat, electric guitars and a distorted bass that disguises at times whether it is a synth or an effected guitar. What causes it to land left of center, though, is Clark’s vocal delivery, which lends an eerie, monster-mashy feel to the whole thing. “I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral,” she said of the upcoming record. I think that description fits. I like it a lot.

Check out the song below and see what you think. St. Vincent releases on Feb. 25, 2014.


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Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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