The Mass Seduction of Annie Clark
From the recording of their first album, the splendid Marry Me (2007), under the name of St. Vincent, the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of origin texan Annie Clark showed that his proposal was completely different to anything that we heard before. Their music was a mixture of pop rock with elements of electronic and avant garde. His songs possessed a charm very particular that he made at the same time appealing and difficult to grasp, without hooks easy, but without agresividades pretentious and unnecessary.His playing the guitar was, and remains, highly original, unique, unparalleled with that of any other guitarist known. Provocative and full of inventive but strangely kind, your second and third albums, the extraordinaryActor (2009) and Strange Mercy (2011), only reaffirmed their fascinating proposal and its vocation for a sound loaded with innuendo and suggestions, sensual and sometimes even sicalíptico, but with a finesse, an irony and a style impeccable.
In 2014 put into circulation was another excellent dish, the self-titled St. Vincent, and a few days appeared his fifth opus: Masseduction (great title), yet another absolute marvel.
Produced by Jack Antonoff and with the collaborations of musicians such as singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and the producer hip-hopero Mike Elizondo, the brand new album is a collection of thirteen compositions, sumptuous, as varied, as rich in hues, but in which the voice and the guitar of Clark look so splendid, in topics more rhythmic (“Pills”, “Masseduction”, “Sugarboy”, “Ageless”, “Savior”) in the melodies more sweet and poignant (“New York”, “Happy Birthday, Johnny,”) or in the most beautiful pieces and intense (“Hang on Me”, “Fear the Future”,“Young Lover”, “Slow Disk”, “Smoking Section”, this last with undeniable reminiscent of Portishead).
The music of St. Vincent can be defined as pop, but it’s a pop subverted, back of head, questioned, deconstructed and recreated in the most intelligent and creative. Nothing to do with the alleged provocations, more mercadotécnicas that artistic, Lady Gaga, similar and related. It is a pop avant-garde, no gimmicks a lot, which is reaffirmed in each new album. As in this Masseduction that seduces, conquers, moves and convinces.