Annie Clark (St. Vincent), The Patron Saint of Guitar Shreds and Lyrical Dissonance
St. Vincent is the stage name
of multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Annie was part of The Polyphonic Spree [a choral symphonic rock band] and part of the Sufjan Stevens
' touring band before going solo with the name St. Vincent, which she claims to be either a reference to Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center, where the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in 1953, or her grandmother's middle name.
As of 2012, she has released four albums, one of them a collaboration with David Byrne, and another solo effort to be released:
- Marry Me (2007)
- Actor (2009)
- Strange Mercy (2011)
- Love This Giant (2012)
- St. Vincent (2014)
St. Vincent also opened shows to diverse bands like Television, Arcade Fire
, Death Cab for Cutie
, Grizzly Bear and Andrew Bird. She and Bon Iver also composed the song Roslyn
, part of the New Moon
soundtrack- as one of the examples of critically-acclaimed musicians associated with the Twilight
Annie Clark's music contains heavy guitar riffs (her signature instrument) together with somehow melodic singing and melodies, and angry lyrics
Her newest album, the self-titled St. Vincent
will be released on the 24th and 25th of February 2014. You can download the first track, here
Relevant tropes related to her or her music are:
- A Date with Rosie Palms : "Birth In Reverse" has its very first line being pretty impactful with a mention to this.
What an ordinary day
Take out the trash
- Adorkable : To exemplify this, just watch any videos of her playing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She seems so genuinely surprised that people love her so.
- Adult Fear: The subject of many of the songs on Strange Mercy, particularly the title track.
- Anti-Love Song: "Now, Now", "Marry Me" and "The Strangers" are particularly blatant examples, although there are many.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Intercourse with You: "Surgeon", depending upon one's interpretation
- Last Note Nightmare: "Black Rainbow" is a rather calm and melodic song (even though it contains some really depressing lyrics) that ends with some really heavy guitar distortion.
- A slight inversion with the lush coda to the otherwise exceptionally tense and sinister "Your Lips Are Red".
- Lyrical Dissonance: Oh so much. "Now, Now", "Black Rainbow", "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood", "Cheerleader", "The Bed"... The list could go on and on.
- Moustache de Plume
- Murder Ballad: Possibly "Your Lips Are Red".
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Selftitled Album: It took her four albums to get there, but she got there.
- The Something Song: "The Apocalypse Song".
- She's Got Legs: You better believe it.
- Shout Out: The lines "best finest surgeon, come cut me open", from the song "Surgeon", were originally written by Marilyn Monroe on her diary. The title of her first album, Marry Me, also came after an episode from Arrested Development.