Listen to a Dance-y New Song From St. Vincent

Slate's Culture Blog
Jan. 6 2014 2:50 PM

Listen to a Dance-y New Song From St. Vincent

Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent
Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent

Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Smithsonian Magazine

St. Vincent’s last album was a collaboration with David Byrne, and, from the sound of her latest song, it appears that his influence is beginning to show. Over a horn groove and a disco beat that, like “Birth in Reverse,” shows a funkier side to the singer-songwriter, her voice leaps up and down in Byrne-like yelps.

The lyrics, in typical Annie Clark fashion, are less upbeat, and more biting. Clark seems to sing about narcissism in our media-saturated age: “If I can’t show it/ If you can’t see me/ What’s the point of doing anything? … Watch me jump right off of London Bridge.” As Stereogum points out, Clark has said that with the new album, she “wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.” From the sound of “Digital Witness” she might have succeeded.

St. Vincent is out Feb. 25.


Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

There Are New Abuse Allegations Against Adrian Peterson

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

John Oliver Pleads for Scotland to Stay With the U.K.

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter


Don’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to Prison

In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. 

The Juice

Ford’s Big Gamble

It’s completely transforming America’s best-selling vehicle.

I Tried to Write an Honest Profile of One of Bollywood’s Biggest Stars. It Didn’t Go Well.

Here’s Why College Women Don’t Take Rape Allegations to the Police

The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 1:51 PM Here’s Why College Women Don’t Take Rape Allegations to the Police
  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Sept. 15 2014 4:38 PM What Is Straight Ice Cream?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.