Published Dec 03, 2013After spending the last year supporting the Love This Giant collaboration with David Byrne, St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) is apparently ready to get back to her solo game. The art-rock phenom's fourth LP is rumoured to arrive this February.
According to a new release schedule dug up by Direct Current, a self-titled album is due February 25 through St. Vincent's new label home of Republic Records, which operates under the Universal Music Group.
This would be the first LP issued through the major label, having previously delivered three albums through Beggars Banquet/4AD, the last of which being 2011's Strange Mercy. Love This Giant was likewise issued through 4AD.
While official word from St. Vincent and Republic has yet to be given, the label did tweet out Clark's recent European tour announcement in November. Beggars has also confirmed to Exclaim! that St. Vincent is no longer on 4AD.
UPDATE: Universal has confirmed to Exclaim! that St. Vincent has indeed signed to Republic/Loma Vista. Expect more information about the new album to be revealed soon.
Additionally, St. Vincent unveiled a trailer for the trek at the same time that included a preview of a new tune apparently titled "Birth in Reverse." You can check out the powerfully punchy, elephant-sized riffs and characteristically textured vocal harmonies in the quick clip down below.
As for the material, a recent interview with Smithsonian Magazine had Clark explaining that this latest collection was crafted in "day job" mode in a shed behind a friend's house in Austin, TX.
"If you're a writer, you have to write. If you're a musician, you have to make music," she explained. "I would go out there every morning like I was going to work. I wanted to go someplace to write that wasn't New York. It was February and I wanted to be somewhere warm. When I wrote Strange Mercy, I did something similar in Seattle."