I first heard of St. Vincent when I ran across David Byrne‘s song “Who“, on which she is featured. I distinctly remember it being played over the loudspeaker at the 2012 Chicago Marathon before the race began. Unique sound. She’s been a busy musician since about 2007, and I admit, I’m usually pretty late on the uptake with great artists who aren’t hugely in the public eye.
The next time I saw her was on SNL performing Digital Witness“. That hair. That stance. That staging. The subtle digs to Lady Gaga I may be the only one to see. I was hooked.
Apparently her live shows are something to see, which surprises no one. Her recent Chicago show, coincidentally (perhaps?) happened at the same time as the much applauded David Bowie exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Although Bowie‘s influence can clearly be seen in many artists, the comparisons between him and St. Vincent have been consistent, and with reason, stylistically. Her music has been described frequently as defying genre classification and carrying a wide array of influences. Her material can be quite sexual, which I suppose is only really notable because she’s a woman expressing this freely which is still looked down upon for some reason- but this aspect is not  revealed in St. Vincent‘s physical presentation; it’s in the writing, the voice, the tone.
To give a quick background: St. Vincent‘s given name is Annie Clark. She was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Texas, and has been studying music since her youth. She has four pretty critically acclaimed albums out, is currently on tour, and was just nominated for a Grammy. If she and Jack White bump in to each other at the ceremony and fall in love I may explode from joy.
It’s always nice to see a multi-talented female artist being appreciated for her abilities, individuality and performing chops rather than just her sexual appeal to the masses. Once again, I’m wishing I’d gotten on this bandwagon years ago, but better late than never.
-Written by Alt360º Blogger: Samantha H.