Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) will return with her third LP, Strange Mercy, on September 13th through 4AD. The follow-up to her 2009 CoS Top Star-earning sophomore album Actor, the 11-track effort was recorded in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios and sees her reunited with producer John Congleton.
According to an issued press release, Strange Mercy finds St. Vincent “redefining the idea of the guitar hero, utilizing the instrument as a pointillist artist might wield a brush. Countless judiciously placed riffs and instrumental flares, each distinct and unique, cohere into grand tableaus.”
The LP also features the talents of the Grammy Award winning Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake’s MacKenzie Smith on drums, and Daniel Hart on violin. Also contributing were Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo.
A tracklist is still forthcoming, but track titles include “Cruel”, “Cheerleader”, and “Surgeon”.
Photo by Tina Tyrell