Annie Clark aka St. Vincent is on the march towards her new album Daddy’s Home, which comes out next month. We’ve already heard lead single “Pay Your Way In Pain”, and ahead of her appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend she’s shared another taster called “The Melting Of The Sun”.
“Pay Your Way In Pain” found St. Vincent channelling the likes of Prince and David Bowie, and “The Melting On The Sun” again finds her leaning on classic pop influences, but this time of the more soul and Laurel Canyon style psych – while putting her own stamp on it. This makes a perfect vessel for her forages into celebrity culture, as she pays tribute to all many female greats that have trodden through troubles before her: Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Tori Amos all get shout outs, among others. Holding herself up to these legends, Clark asks “So who am I trying to be? A benzo beauty queen” – an about-face from the sardonic theme of previous album Masseduction, but one that adds a fiery uncertainty to the cathartic climax of “The Melting Of The Sun”.