A collaboration with Thomas Barlett (AKA Doveman), the stripped back compositions were showcased at ‘An Intimate Evening With St Vincent’ when the pair performed at London’s Cadogan Hall last month.
Released on October 12, the album was recorded in August 2017 at New York’s Electric Lady studios when Annie Clark and Bartlett were mixing ‘MASSEDUCTION’.
In a hand-written letter to fans, Clark said the album was born of “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City.”
She added: “Through him, I found ‘My people, the freaks and others’, I owe my most transcendent nights and exquisite hangovers to his company. Many things have been said of him over the years, ‘doting virtuoso’, ‘a queer fantasia over straight themes’, ‘ to know him is to love him, as anyone will tell you…'”
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It is hoped that more stripped down piano shows with Clark and Bartlett will follow in the weeks and months ahead. While last year’s divisive ‘Fear The Future’ tour saw Clark debut material from ‘MASSEDUCTION’ with just striking visuals and a backing track, her subsequent 2018 headline and festival tour opted for a more choreographed full-band affair. Her latest live show is much more stark and simplified affair, but no less powerful.
See footage from the show here, including her cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court And Spark’.