St. Vincent is the nom-de-stage of Oklahoma born Annie Clark; one of the most gifted guitarists to come along in the new millennium.
Clark’s virtuosity has long been recognised, and her new album Strange Mercy finds St. Vincent redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilising the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield a brush. Countless judiciously placed riffs and instrumental flares, each distinct and unique, cohere into grand tableaus. It is an extraordinary piece of work.
Clark has recently collaborated with some of the biggest names in indie music. She recorded with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, had her song ‘The Strangers’ sampled by Kid Cudi (who she later performed with on Jimmy Fallon’s TV show), and has been working with David Byrne on a forthcoming project. More recently she appeared before a sold-out New York crowd at Michael Azerrad’s “Our Concert Could Be Your Life” with a scintillating performance of Big Black’s ‘Kerosene’