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Dave Grohl and Cate Le Bon to feature on St Vincent's “urgent and psychotic” new album

19 February 2024, 11:23 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

In a recent interview with MOJO, Annie Clark – AKA St Vincent – has revealed details of her forthcoming eighth studio album.

The forthcoming release from St Vincent is set to follow 2021's Daddy's Home, which featured production from herself and Jack Antonoff. She revealed to MOJO that she began on the album as soon as Daddy's Home was wrapped up. Work took place in her own Compound Fracture studio in LA, Electric Lady in New York and Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago, and it was the first time she's completely self-produced a body of work.

“I needed to go deeper in finding my own sonic vocabulary,” she said. “I like to think of [the record] as post-plague pop, it’s a lot about heaven and hell – the metaphorical kinds. Which is appropriate, because sitting alone in a studio for that many hours I would say is a version of hell.” Elaborating on the post-pandemic aftershock which fed into the writing process, she added: “That kind of isolation breeds paranoia and loneliness, and loneliness can breed violence. It’s been a time of loss collectively and personally. [But] loss and death are very clarifying things, they make everything that doesn’t fucking matter go away.”

As such, the forthcoming release has a much darker sound than its predecessor. “The last record, I was approaching tough subjects with a lot of biting humour and wit,” Clark says, noting that the new album is sounding more "urgent and psychotic". “I put on a wig, I was prancing around, it was so fun. This record is darker and harder and more close to the bone. I’d say it’s my least funny record yet! There’s nothing cute about it.”

Whilst entirely self-produced, she did let slip of a few other names who were involved in its creation – Dave Grohl, Cate Le Bon and Foo Fighters new drummer Josh Freese have all had a part in the album, though she has not revealed specifics of their roles.

Following the release of Daddy's Home, St Vincent released a short film, The Nowhere Inn. She is yet to share a release date for the forthcoming album.

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