The track features on ‘Amazon Acoustics’, a collection of 30 all-new recordings exclusively available via Amazon Prime. While eight of the songs are original compositions – including numbers by Deer Tick, Ron Sexsmith and Jill Andrews – the rest are all covers, including Surfer Blood’s new version of OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya!’, Michelle Branch covering Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, and The Districts jumping on David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’.
In an interview with Amazon (via Stereogum), Bauer explained why he wanted to cover Annie Clarke: “I chose her song ‘Prince Johnny’ because it was one of my favorite songs in the last few years. Because it’s so not acoustic, I thought it’d be fun to arrange it in a completely different way. I heard the song on the radio when it first came out; it was a single off her record. It was the first St Vincent song that I really got attached to. It’s a big hit around the house. I got a little five-year-old girl who’s very heavily into St Vincent.”
The bassist last year released his debut solo LP, ‘Liberation!’. The album was recorded by Bauer, Christopher Colbert and Quentin Stoltzfus (of Light Heat & Mazarin) in Philadelphia and contained mostly autobiographical songs on the subject of belief, touching on his childhood growing up Hindu Yoga cult, as well as Scientology, the city of Philadelphia, the God Shiva, the city of Varanasi, Richard Dawkins and Jorge Luis Borges. He revealed to Amazon that he’s currently working on a follow-up.
St Vincent, meanwhile, recently appeared on a new track by The Chemical Brothers, titled ‘Under Neon Lights’. The song appears on the duo’s new album, ‘Born In The Echoes’.