On Wednesday, November 15th, The Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre in Indianapolis will feature a special performance. Stopping by Circle City on her “Fear the Future Tour” will be the eccentric songwriter and multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent. The tour will take her and her backing band around the country in support of her recent album release “Masseduction”.
While she’s better known by her stage name, Annie Clark was making music long before she took up her professional moniker. She attended the Berklee College of Music for three years before beginning her own musical career. Before launching into a solo career in 2006, she was a member of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band. According to her biography on AllMusic, she made a three song EP that she would sell at the shows with Stevens. It was then that Annie Clark first adopted the name of St. Vincent.
In 2007, St. Vincent released her debut album, “Marry Me”, which was well received by critics. Over the years, she made guest appearances with bands like The Mountain Goats and The New Pornographers. In 2012, she collaborated with The Talking Heads’ David Byrne for the album “Love This Giant”, which received both critical and commercial success.
In 2015, St. Vincent won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for her 2014 release, “St. Vincent”, and was the first solo performer to win in that category in 20 years.
“Masseduction” released on October 13, 2017, and is St. Vincent’s fifth full-length studio album. The album features more of the complex songwriting that St. Vincent is known for, juxtaposing soft harmonies with jolting, distorted electric sounds and off-kilter beats. It’s also a bit of a leap for St. Vincent, as “Masseduction” takes her a step closer to pop. A review of the album by Pitchfork nails the aesthetic, “The album will be meta, pop-about-pop: smart and layered at best, self-conscious or defensive at worst.”
This meta, post-pop style shines on tracks like “Sugarboy”, with its upbeat tempo and choral shouts of “Boys! Girls!” throughout. The tempo and pulsing synths verge on the edge of manic, separating it from a typical, feel-good pop ballad. The whirlwind of frenetic sounds hit you from all directions as the song devolves into a trance-like beat near the end. A simple example of how when St. Vincent takes on pop, she tears it at the seams.
You can find out more about St. Vincent and the Fear The Future Tour on her website.
The show at The Old National Centre starts at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15th. Doors open at 7:00 pm. You can find tickets through The Old National Centre’s portal. After listening to the album, this is a show I”m not going to miss. I’ll see you there.