St. Vincent- Strange Mercy
It’s difficult at times to remember that when it comes to any individual, there are always two sides to every coin. Take for example Annie Clark, a 29-year-old singer/songwriter that goes under the moniker St. Vincent. This seductress at first glance seems bubbling over with charm and sophistication, but under the layers is a manic-depressive pressure cooker set to blow at any moment. It’s a Jekyll and Hyde act that St. Vincent straddles well, and keeps listeners guessing on her newest record “Strange Mercy”.
Every track on “Strange Mercy” toys with complex concepts that are presented as sugarcoated and digestible at first listen. Themes of overwhelming longing, self-doubt, rage-infused outbursts, and lustful dominatrix run rampant throughout this record, yet Clark pulls the reins back just before things can spiral too out of control. This tightrope walker communicates her convoluted sound through fuzzed-out guitar tones, sweetly sung vocals, interesting and climatic synth lines, lax bass guitar, and in the pocket drumming. It’s a world that only St. Vincent knows for sure how the pieces align, but leaves the listener making their own conclusions and attempting to fill in the blanks.
St. Vincent’s “Strange Mercy” may come off as a Rubik’s Cube of emotions, but it’s a puzzle you won’t mind trying to solve. You can follow this artist through her Facebook, purchase this record through her label 4ad, or listen to a track below: