St. Vincent Is Back With a New Album. Hear “Birth in Reverse.”

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Dec. 9 2013 11:56 AM

St. Vincent Is Back With a New Album. Hear “Birth in Reverse.”

St. Vincent (Annie Clark)
St. Vincent (Annie Clark) performs in 2009.

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Music fans and critics might be busy looking back on the year in music this week, but St. Vincent has me already looking forward to 2014. On Twitter this morning she announced her self-titled major label debut, her follow-up to her 2012 collaboration with David Byrne, and shared "Birth in Reverse," the first new track off the album.

Fans worried that working with a major label may lead Annie Clark to sweeten up her sound can be reassured by “Birth in Reverse.” Over frantic drumming, fuzzed-out bass, and jagged riffs on her electric guitar, Clark sticks to her usual feisty, swaggering lyrics: “Oh what an ordinary day/ Take out the garbage, masturbate/ … I’m still holdin’ for the laugh,” she begins.

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You can download the song by joining St. Vincent’s mailing list. St. Vincent is out Feb. 25.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

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