The time is finally here. Avant-garde pop songstress Annie Clark (nee, St. Vincent) has been teasing us for months with a systematic release of singles (including “Birth In Reverse,” and “Prince Johnny”)—and now, a week before the actual release of the record, fans can stream the entire album online via NPR First Listen.
The biggest problem with experimental artists is that they have a tendency to get so far “out there” with their exploration of sounds and structure that they lose all sense of direction or connection with their audience, and sort of float out into the musical void. I think St. Vincent is a musical genius in that she has this uncanny ability to experiment and explore while remaining grounded, so we can actually enjoy the eccentric sounds and lyrics we’re hearing instead of spending that time wishing we had a compass.
There’s a particularly danceable quality to this set of songs, thanks to St. Vincent’s penchant for effected beats, distorted guitars and a crisp horn section that sometimes shows up out of nowhere. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I happen to like my tea stout. St. Vincent releases officially on February 25, but take a listen here and see what you think!