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St. Vincent - Actor

Recommended by us on 30th April 2009. 2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Actor by St. Vincent
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  • CD on 4AD (CAD2919CD)
  • Artist: St. Vincent
  • Label: 4AD
  • Genres: Indie Pop
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  • Artist: St. Vincent
  • Label: 4AD
  • Genres: Indie Pop
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  • Artist: St. Vincent
  • Label: 4AD
  • Genres: Indie Pop
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(1 review) 9/10

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9/10 according to on Thu 30 Apr, 2009

I'm getting into a habit of ignoring top debut albums and 'getting it' on the 2nd album. I did it with Bat For Lashes (who I stalked on Youtube for a good hour or 2 last night... The 'What's a Girl To Do' video is top!) and I'm doing it again with St Vincent. I thought the last single was excellent and the album has been played a few times in the office so I've had time to get my head around it. It's a quirky beast alright. There's some proper skewed pop and songwriting on here. The arrangements are well far out and it doesn't really sound like anything else at all I can think of. Check out the Neighbours to hear get an idea of what I mean... It's all over the place but it's held together by Clark's top songwriting. It's very cinematic in its scope and in its sound with some sweeping arrangements taking you by the horns and only letting you go when some massive drums come in and confuse the fuck out of you. I can hear melodies from a few songs but I think they'd just throw you off the scent if I said who they were as the music doesn't sound like them at all (OK there's a song which reminds of 'Mary's Child' by Boney M.... But then another reminds me of an old Screaming Trees tune....) See I said it wouldn't help. Actor is a really delightful charming record which I seriously think you should check out as it's well interesting.

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Press release

· ‘Actor’ was co-produced by Clark and John Congleton (Modest Mouse,
Polyphonic Spree) and features eleven new songs, all written and arranged by
Clark.
· ‘Actor’ takes the ambitious compositional and sonic underpinnings of Clark’s debut
as a 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 Strangers’ starts off as a deceptively dulcet elegy for a lost love, then
suddenly capsizes under a flood of distortion. ‘Actor Out Of Work’ is a
devastating sonic kiss-off, complete with slyly poisonous lyrics and steamrolling
guitars. The strings and woodwinds at the opening of ‘Marrow’ might be
escorting Dorothy to the Emerald City, or straight into the flying monkeys’
clutches. 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.
· Available on CD and vinyl (housed in a gatefold sleeve)

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