St. Vincent – “Birth In Reverse”

By Scott Lapatine / December 9, 2013

St. Vincent’s self-titled fourth LP, out 2/25/14, will also be her major label debut. The album is coming not on longtime home 4AD, but via Universal subsidiary Republic/Loma Vista. The first single “Birth In Reverse,” which was teased in that tour announcement we posted last month, is now available to stream in full below.

(You can download the song in exchange for an email address here.)

St. Vincent was recorded with Actor/Strange Mercy/Love This Giant producer John Congleton and features percussion from Homer Steinweiss (Dap-Kings) and McKenzie Smith (Midlake). “I knew the groove needed to be paramount,” Annie Clark says in the press release.” I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.”

Over the weekend Clark shared bits of the new St. Vincent logo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When you pieced them together, you got the StV motif seen on the album cover above.

A few weeks ago St. Vincent received Smithsonian‘s 2013 Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts category. In an interview with the magazine she discussed recording this new album while staying at her mom’s house outside of Dallas:

I approach my work as I would a day job. If you’re a writer, you have to write. If you’re a musician, you have to make music. I wrote a lot of this new record in a shed behind my friend’s house in South Austin. I would go out there every morning like I was going to work. I wanted to go someplace to write that wasn’t New York. It was February and I wanted to be somewhere warm. When I wrote Strange Mercy, I did something similar in Seattle.

Watch the Ingenuity Awards’ video profile of Clark below.

And below is some audience footage of her Love This Giant collaborator David Byrne’s speech. He wrote on his blog that he had prepared notes, but abandoned them at the last minute.

Here’s the St. Vincent tracklist:
01 “Rattlesnake”
02 “Birth In Reverse”
03 “Prince Johnny”
04 “Huey Newton”
05 “Digital Witness”
06 “I Prefer Your Love”
07 “Regret”
08 “Bring Me Your Loves”
09 “Psychopath”
10 “Every Tear Disappears”
11 “Severed Crossed Fingers”

St. Vincent is out 2/25 via Republic/Loma Vista.