In terms of output, Anne Erin Clark has had quite a two-and-a-bit years as her pitch-bending alter-ego St. Vincent. Two albums, one with David Byrne and another solo effort has earned her a Guardian No.1 album (for the latter), a string of acclaimed performances and the rise from Pitchfork obscurity to Joan Jett-esque stature.
Though arguably popier than earlier works, as is demonstrated by the front cover St. Vincent’s self-titled fifth album has undoubtably raised her platform and as a result the good people at Loma Vista have released a deluxe version. ‘Bad Believer’ hit SoundCloud a few days ago and is to be released as part of the pimped-up package.
The track is vibrant, no-nonsense, and four-to-the-floor. It lacks the dexterity that Clark infamously champions, instead stripping back and using her signature melodic guitar method to churn out a distorted frenzy whilst singing lyrics that imply dark, spiritual beliefs. Though lyrically akin to fire and brimstone the tonality would, as a live performance no doubt spark hands in the air. It will only be a matter of time before this no doubt becomes another crowd pleaser.
Review by Tristan Shorrock | @trizzywoo