Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: St. Vincent
Film: The Nowhere Inn
Annie Clark made her recorded debut as St. Vincent in 2007 with Marry Me, and has, in relatively short order, become one of the most innovative and enigmatic presences in modern music.
Each of St. Vincent’s four subsequent albums has met with critical acclaim and commercial success eclipsing that of its predecessor. These albums would include Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), and her self-titled fourth album and winner of the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album, making her only the second female artist ever to win in that category.
St. Vincent’s latest album, last year's MassEducation, reveals another dimension of 2017’s universally acclaimed Masseduction. A stunning standalone work in its own right, MassEducation was recorded live in the studio by Annie Clark on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano over two nights in August 2017 during the mixing of Masseduction. The new album lays bare the exquisite songcraft of its other half, rendering songs like “Slow Disco” and “Savior” and their subjects in vivid, vulnerable new light. Clark herself describes the album as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City.”
Outside of recording and performing, St. Vincent has directed the short horror film The Birthday Party and recently released the second edition of her signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.