The grit of 1970s vinyl meets the grain of 1970s celluloid with “Down,” the infectious third advance offering from Daddy’s Home, the new St. Vincent album dropping May 14 by Loma Vista Recordings.
Co-directed by St. Vincent (a/k/a Annie Clark) and Bill Benz, the “Down” clip features its lead in full Candy Darling morning-after regalia, portraying a woman — under the influence? — careening through a narrative that meshes perfectly with the song’s urgent, anxious grooves.
“Down” follows “Pay Your Way In Pain” and “The Melting Of The Sun” — both performed on St. Vincent’s recent return to Saturday Night Live — as the final song to be released ahead of Daddy’s Home’s arrival. If early response to the album is any indication, it’s going to be a truly rapturous Home-coming:
“… it seems Clark has entered her ‘Prince around the time he turned himself into an unpronounceable symbol, and Bowie in his Young Americans phase,’ delivering slinky dancefloor grooves to match her angular lyrical provocations.”—AV CLUB
“In an industry crowded with artists who claim singularity, there is perhaps no musician more deserving of the label than St. Vincent… A decidedly retro turn for the forward-looking artist, it is an homage to her father’s vinyl collection, a sonic swirl of Steely Dan, Nina Simone, and Lou Reed.”—INTERVIEW
“St. Vincent’s sound is more electric than ever”—LOS ANGELES
“(FIVE STARS) It’s masterful stuff: a full conceptual realization, filled with great melodies, deep grooves, colourful characterisations, and some sonic detail that reveals itself over repeated plays.”—MOJO
“… surrealistic soundscapes and edgy lyrics in addition to her guitar heroics and exquisite singing. But the most striking aspect of Daddy’s Home is its warmth and its reflective mood”—NEWSWEEK
“Clark is the rare artist who can immerse themself in a different concept and aesthetic every couple years, tackle it head-on and totally shred in the process… St. Vincent has gotten to the point where we can’t look away, because there’s just nobody in indie pop quite like Annie Clark.”—PASTE
“(FOUR STARS) … a mutant strain of retro pop steeped in New York lore”—ROLLING STONE
Daddy’s Home was produced by Annie Clark and Jack Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhart, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway.
Pre-Save the album now, or pre-order your choice of 8-track (if you know, you know…), CD, Vinyl, Deluxe Vinyl, and Cassette. Or visit https://lnk.ilovestvincent.com/Shop to pre-order exclusive picture disc, merchandise and more.