Artist of the Week: St. Vincent
St. Vincent is the stage name of Annie Erin Clark, an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and sheer virtuoso of the electric guitar. She began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and also sang, played guitar and keyboards in Sufjan Stevens’ touring band before starting working on a solo record in 2006.
Though her first record, 2007’s Marry Me, was well received amongst critics, it was with the beautifully crafted and literate 2009’s Actor that St. Vincent managed to make her music rise from indie ranks to mainstream charts: it reached #90 on the Billboard 200 and its follow-up, 2011’s Strange Mercy, debuted at #19. Her brilliant and energy-packed live performances were also a big help in her slow but steady rise to stardom: St. Vincent is a tireless performer and the Web is packed with videos that show her overwhelming persona on stage (her live redemption of Big Black’s Kerosene has already become a classic).
After her collaboration with David Byrne in 2012’s Love This Giant, St Vincent is back with her fourth and eponymous record that somehow manages to be both her most artful and accessible collection of songs of her fascinating career.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.