Friday, 15 May 2009

St. Vincent - Actor

St. Vincent - Actor
album review for clash magazine

Oklahoman Annie Clark is onto her second album as St. Vincent, after a previous life playing with Sufjan Stevens and The Polyphonic Spree. The former seems like a more direct influence, but St. Vincent works with a more modest pallette - her voice and guitar, and a bagful of production tricks to add muscle and intrigue. Stripped back, she's a psych folk singer, with a charming kookiness eliciting lines like "I can't see the future but I know it's watching me". On top she layers suffocating overdrive fuzz, distant canon shots, and countless other unidentifiable ornaments with a compelling sense of flair. Actor isn't quite a great record, but she has one in her. 7.5/10

Get 3 songs: The Neighbors, Actor Out Of Work, The Party

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