St. Vincent can be deceiving. First there’s the name, which seems as if it should conjure an aged dude who plays harp in Catholic high school gymnasium. Then there’s the appearance of the person behind the moniker, Annie Clark, a 5-foot-2-inch pixie with curly, jet-black hair and a face that looks as innocent as Bambi’s.
In reality, the 26-year-old Clark is an Indie Pop tour veteran (she’s played with Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens) with the voice of an angel and axe chops that would stun a Guitar Hero aficionado. Clark’s second solo album as St. Vincent, Actor, is a beautifully conceived collection of songs rife with contradiction, grandiose arrangements and surreal flourishes. Check “Marrow,” which opens with the ethereal sound of Clark’s voice backed by what could pass for a Disney score before being kicked-started by a big beat, dissonant guitar tones and a clip-voiced chorus of “H-E-L-P/Help Me/Help Me.” It’s the aural equivalent of Snow White biting into the poison apple, and it should be fascinating to witness at the Southgate House on Tuesday.
Tickets are $12 advance, $16 day of show.
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