• St. Vincent: Actor Vinyl LP
  • St. Vincent: Actor Vinyl LP

St. Vincent
Actor Vinyl LP

4AD

↳ Annie Clark's 2009 breakthrough

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"Actor, St. Vincent’s beguiling, sophisticated new record, takes her debut’s ambition as its starting point and never looks back. The arrangements are more masterful, the songwriting grander, the performances ever more confident and inspired. Clark developed an idiosyncratic writing process for Actor, immersing herself in some of her favorite films—Badlands, Pierrot le Fou, The Wizard of Oz, Stardust Memories, Sleeping Beauty—and beginning each song as a secret film score, then slowly giving it independence as its structure and lyrics came fully into focus. The resulting eleven tracks are as cinematic as pop songs can be, but the movie is a private one, revealing its storyline in hushed, cunning couplets and cascades of scathing guitar. Here is a record to listen to with your eyes closed. Melodies are transposed and inverted. The fantasy of Disney is juxtaposed with the sweep of Morricone, David Mamet’s unsettling dramatic form and the alienation of Philip Roth. Igor Stravinsky scores Roger Corman’s horror flicks. The crackerjack band, including supporting turns by McKenzie Smith and Paul Alexander of Midlake, has the crunch of a tank and the grace of a chamber ensemble. If Marry Me served as the world’s introduction to Annie Clark, Actor may prove to be her coronation. As the terrifyingly beautiful movie inside Clark’s head flickers across the screen, we can all feel privileged to be in the seats." - 4AD

  • 2009 breakthrough sophomore album from Oklahoma's Annie Clark
  • black vinyl pressing
  • gatefold sleeve
  • digital download included
  • music label: 4AD 2021

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