St. Vincent Reveals Her Upcoming Album Is About "Sex and Drugs and Sadness"
Published Aug 21, 2017St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) last released an album with her self-titled LP in 2014, but that's about to change soon. Full details of her next full-length haven't been completely revealed yet, but in a recent interview with the New Yorker, Clark opened up about the upcoming record.
According to Clark, her new material is her darkest to date. "It's all about sex and drugs and sadness," she said, adding that the final track on the upcoming LP is about suicide and — ironically enough — ends on the repeated refrain of "It's not the end."
There's also a cut called "Pills" that features backing vocals from Clark's supermodel ex-girlfriend Cara Delevingne (credited as Kid Monkey). She sings: "Pills to grow, pills to shrink, pills, pills, pills and a good stiff drink / pills to fuck, pills to eat, pills, pills, pills down the kitchen sink." Clark explains that it's a song about trying to get through anxiety and depression "pharmaceutically."
The album was (at least partially) recorded at New York's Electric Lady Studios, following a "hermetic phase" for Clark. Staying at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village, she abstained from sex, alcohol, the company of other people and even music other than her own "in order to keep her ears clear." Clark refers to that period as her "monastic fantastic."
The upcoming album also features production work by Jack Antonoff — a sampling of which we've already heard on lead single "New York."
"She was very open about the things in her life," Antonoff told the New Yorker, explaining his experience working with Clark. "That's what I was interested in. Continuing to reveal more and more. I said, 'Let's go for the lyrics that people will tattoo on their arms.'"
Revisit "New York" below, and read the complete New Yorker profile on Clark here.