St. Vincent can be
deceiving. First there’s the name, which brings to mind a chanting
religious dude in white robes (it’s actually a reference to the hospital
where poet Dylan Thomas spent his final hours). Then there’s the
physical appearance of the person behind the moniker, Annie Clark, a
demure woman with a mop of curly, jet-black hair and a face that looks
as innocent as Bambi’s.
In reality, the 27-year-old
Clark is an Indie Pop tour veteran (she’s played with Polyphonic Spree
and Sufjan Stevens) and a classically trained musician with the voice of
an angel and a guitar sound that would probably provoke Ronnie James
Dio to throw up his patented “devil horns.” Actor, Clark’s
second solo album as St.
Vincent, is a beautifully executed collection
of songs rife with melodrama, contradiction, surreal imagery and dynamic
arrangements that move from whimsical to dissonant at the stomp of a
Get show details and read Jason Gargano's full interview with Clark here.