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St. Vincent - St. Vincent New Album, Strange Mercy, Released Today
St. Vincent : St. Vincent New Album, Strange Mercy, Released Today
13th September 2011

"Her most potent and cathartic release yet." - Pitchfork (9.0 - BNM)
"Clark has a knack for memorable melody and a winning voice." - The Observer (5/5)
“A flawless exercise in arty pop subversion.”- The Daily Telegraph (5/5)
“Wonderful.”  - Q (4/5)
“Smart, demanding and unique.”- The Guardian (4/5)
Strange Mercy is the shimmering, expansive sound of an artist defiantly coming into her own.”- MOJO (4/5)

St. Vincent, the nom-de-stage of Annie Clark, releases third album Strange Mercy, today. Having worked together on 2009's Actor, Clark reunited with producer John Congleton, recording the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios. The 11 new tracks showcase Clark's inimitable gift for melody, packing elegant arrangements with hefty emotional punches.

Clark's virtuosity has long been recognised, and Strange Mercy finds her redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilizing the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield a brush. On 'Cruel' she elicits punchy bursts like an R&B horn section. 'Cheerleader' froths and boils, with deep and fuzzy guitars bubbling up to the surface, while 'Surgeon' twirls about endlessly, Clark's vocals dancing amid a blizzard of notes.

Strange Mercy isn't an entirely solitary affair either, with Clark joined by a host of other musicians. Included among them are Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Grammy Award winning musician Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake’s MacKenzie Smith on drums, Daniel Hart on violin, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo.

Download album track 'Surgeon’ for free from strangemercy.com and watch the video for first single ‘Cruel’, directed by long-term collaborator Terri Timely, here.

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