Album available May 14th via Loma Vista Recordings
St. Vincent, whose legal name is Annie Clark, has announced her sixth studio album, Daddy’s Home, will be available on CD, LP, deluxe LP, picture disc LP, cassette and — believe it or not — 8-track on May 14th via Loma Vista Recordings. The vinyl edition comes with a poster while the deluxe LP adds a patch and 20-page photo-zine. The cassette will be available as a cream color with green label while the 8-track is limited to 500 worldwide with randomly selected shell color of red, green, white, gray, and black to be shipped. One gold 8-track will also be randomly shipped.
The album is the latest facet of an ever-evolving artist regarded by many as the most consistently innovative and intriguing presence in modern music. Preceded by a foreboding teaser, the first full broadcast from St. Vincent’s synthesis of this era reaches us in the form of “Pay Your Way In Pain,” a slinky slab of sweaty funk — punctuated by a few examples of Clark’s ability to shred vocal cords rivaling her shredding on her signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar. The song plays like the result of time travelers from the future having booked a session Electric Lady in the early 70s. The video for “Pay Your Way In Pain,” directed by Bill Benz (director of the forthcoming The Nowhere Inn, co-written by and starring St. Vincent), opens up Daddy’s Home’s visual world — a world in which the most forward-looking artist of an era throws herself willingly into a network TV variety hour rabbit hole.
The album was produced by Clark and Jack Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhard, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway.
Clark made her recorded debut as St. Vincent in 2007 with Marry Me. Her subsequent albums would grow in stature and complexity, including Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), and the self-titled fourth album that won the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album, making her only the second female artist ever to win in that category. In addition to these solo works, St. Vincent plays nice with others: Her collaborations have included an album with David Byrne (2012’s Love This Giant), a performance as singer and lead guitarist of Nirvana at the band’s 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and a 2019 GRAMMY Awards duet with Dua Lipa.
In 2017, working with co-producer Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent created a defining statement with MASSEDUCTION. As ambitious as it was accessible, the album broke St. Vincent into the U.S. and UK top 10s while landing at No. 1 on the Best of 2017 lists of The New York Times and The Guardian — and placing high in the year-end rankings of The AV Club, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Mashable, The New York Daily News, the NME, Paste, Pitchfork, Q, Stereogum, USA Today, and more.
St. Vincent’s 2018 album, MassEducation, revealed another dimension of MASSEDUCTION. Recorded live in the studio by Annie on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano over two nights in August 2017, the album lays bare the exquisite songcraft of its other half, rendering songs like “Slow Disco” and “Savior” and their subjects in vivid, vulnerable new light.
In the winter of 2019, as MASSEDUCTION‘s title track won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Song and the album won Best Recording Package, St. Vincent’s father was released from prison. She began writing the songs that would become Daddy’s Home, closing the loop on a journey that began with his incarceration in 2010, and ultimately led her back to the vinyl her dad had introduced her to during her childhood. The records she has probably listened to more than any other music in her entire life. Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975.
1. Pay Your Way In Pain
2. Down And Out Downtown
3. Daddy’s Home
4. Live In the Dream
5. The Melting Of The Sun
6. The Laughing Man
8. Somebody Like Me
9. My Baby Wants A Baby
10. …At The Holiday Party
11. Candy Darling