Monday, March 1, 2010
I think I love you, I think I'm mad
I think it's safe to say that if you listen to St. Vincent, you're head over heels for Annie Clark. I got a chance to see her live in Austin for the first time during SXSW last year and everyone around me was in pure awe of this woman. I've never seen so many people take pictures of a musician before they even picked up a guitar! It was a serious case of indie-paparazzi. With a face like that, I suppose I can't blame them. And that style! She, without a doubt, has the vintage modern style down to a science.
And of course, Annie isn't just a pretty face. She's a musician, and a really talented one at that. She just has this very ethereal thing about her that most people don't have. I love listening to her speak in interviews about her music and how she based songs on Actor (her latest album) off of film scores she created for scenes in her favorite films. Or how she created midi files in her Brooklyn apartment to create a sound and transferred those midi sounds to guitar. I have a lot of respect for people that know who they are and how they can execute their work in a way that reflects their personality. I can only dream that I'll have that kind of creative freedom when I have my own career.
If you aren't familiar with St. Vincent's music, I think the best way to describe it is charming with a sprinkle of evil. I am crazy about this 2 minute video where Annie talks about one of her shows last year at SXSW and then briefly touches on what she loves about her music.
...or you can check out her Austin City Limits performance of "Marrow" and let the music do the talking.
*All pictures were taken from St.Vincent's last.fm.