The Patron Saint of Guitar Shreds and Lyrical Dissonance
"It's the place where poetry goes to die. That's me.
—Annie Clark, on her stage name.
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 2014, she has released five albums, one of them a collaboration with David Byrne:
- 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
In 2013, Annie was awarded the Smithsonian's American Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts.
You can download the first track from her new album St. Vincent
Relevant tropes related to her or her music are:
- A Date with Rosie Palms : "Birth In Reverse" has a very impactful first line.
What an ordinary day
- Adorkable : Just watch any videos of her playing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She seems 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?:
- Fun With Palindromes: Before she was St. Vincent and was a student of the Berklee College of Music, she released an EP titled Ratsliveonnoevilstar.
- 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.
- Lyric Swap: In some live versions of "Strange Mercy", the lyric: "If I ever find the dirty policeman who roughed you up," is altered into a harsher "fucked you up".
- Moustache de Plume
- Murder Ballad: Possibly "Your Lips Are Red".
- Nervous Wreck : Exemplified when she was younger. She's had anxiety attacks since she was around 8 or 9. Fortunately, they've gotten better since and she has them less often.
- Obligatory Bondage Song: With references to "horsehair whips", safe words ("who will hear/hear your word?"), and masochism ("heal my hurt"), "Chloe In the Afternoon" can be interpreted as this.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Honestly, her skin's so fair it's not fair.
- Raised Catholic
- Selfbacking Vocalist: Being a one woman band, she usually does this.
- 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.