St. Vincent, Pills.

Much like Los Ageless before it, the latest to surface from St. Vincent’s forthcoming MASSEDUCTION full-length – namely Pills – suggests a more fragmented compositive bent from Annie Clark when set against her comparably brilliant previous. Because from its Broadway-worthy choral refrain (“Pills to wake, pills to sleep/ Pills, pills, pills every day of the week” it begins, sardonically, Clark at last spitting vitriolically: “Pills, pills, pills down the kitchen sink”) to guitars suggestive of Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, dirtier brass redolent of both Digital Witness and David Byrne collaboration Love This Giant, and a latter half that decelerates the pace yet ups the stakes, there is this flagrant glorification of incongruity at play throughout. Somehow, however, these discrepant pieces all fit together perfectly; and that, in spite of its lattermost moments proving harrowingly reminiscent of the less-than-intoxicating Bohemian Rhapsody. But on today – World Mental Health Day – of all days, with pills being prescribed as a kind of primary recourse more often than not, it’s strangely reassuring to hear of her having traced a circuitous path “from healers to dealers, and then back again/ From guru to voodoo, and voodoo to zen.” Quite where she’s at at present, mind, is still anyone’s guess…

MASSEDUCTION is available from this Friday, 13th October via Loma Vista Recordings, while St. Vincent plays the O2 Academy Brixton next Tuesday, 17th.