With vocals that imply a strange yet beautiful sort of madness, St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark prefers not to lay out the meaning behind her songs. There’s a void of resolution in her music that allows her listeners to place themselves into each song and morph it to relate to their own life. Clark is a woman of many talents. Not only is her voice enviable, but she can play a mean guitar and rock out on the cello, piano, bass, and organ. This dark-haired pixie is no stranger to life on the road by any means. At age 12, she was touring with her uncle’s band and has since played for both the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens. Once she finally broke away to make some music all her own, her premiere album Marry Me was quickly accepted and praised by critics, although it wasn’t expected to filter into the mainstream music scene. But Clark quickly proved that theory wrong and watched as her most recent album Strange Mercy exceeded sales and plays of her two prior albums. Taking unexpected twists and comfortably accentuated turns, the album emulates the characteristics of a panic attack. It changes tone just as quickly as someone who suffers from anxiety alters their mood. It’s haunting and operatic channeling vintage Bowie with a balanced fluidity between tracks comparable to the storytelling of Bon Iver. St. Vincent is that electronic indie music that you never expected to enjoy so much, but aren’t you glad that you do?
St. Vincent plays on the Bigfoot stage at 9 pm on Saturday, May 26th.