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

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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.

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Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

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