St. Vincent (or Annie Clark) is my new girlfriend. She just doens't know it yet. She's adorable and plays a mean guitar. She plays with Sufjan AND Tim Delaughter and covers Jackson Browne. She is cute and makes funny, deadpan remarks during her banter time. I might be in love.
I first read about her at Gorilla Vs. Bear who has been hyping her for what seems like years. It's great to hear so much buzz about someone only t0 see them live and realize it is all very true.
When you talk about true performers who can blow a crowd away, you are talking about Annie Clark. My jaw was open the entire set watching her sing, stomp, and play her way into my heart. She destroyed John Vanderslice. So much so, that we didn't even stay for his entire set. We all felt that we had seen the main act.
I kept thinking watching her set that she reminded me of a much better, more talented, more accessible Nellie McKay. McKay made a splash a few years back for her work on the anti-folk scene in New York. The media soon labeled her an anti-Norah Jones and she signed to Columbia. She put out one album to good reviews and her second album was shelved only for her to release it herself. Regardless, there are aspects of her stage show and her music that remind me a lot of Nellie. But, I think St. Vincent has the ability to be way more accessible and enjoyable.
She is opening up for Arcade Fire next week in Canada and has her debut album coming out on July 10 on Beggars Group (same label as the National).