St. Vincent released the new single “New York” earlier this summer, and she’s heading out on tour this fall. She also debuted a new song called “LA” live recently. So we know she’s working on a new album. And now, thanks to a new profile in The New Yorker, we know a few more things about the LP.
Speaking to The New Yorker’s Nick Paumgarten, Annie Clark says that her new album, which doesn’t yet have a title and which is due out in fall, is “all about sex and drugs and sadness.” The album ends with a song about suicide, which Clark says that she wrote on a bus ride between Latvia and Lithuania. And it also includes a song called “Pills,” which features the British supermodel Cara Delavigne, who was once romantically linked to Clark, singing these words: “Pills to grow, pills to shrink, pills, pills, pills and a good stiff drink / Pills to fuck, pills to eat, pills, pills, pills down the kitchen sink.” She will be credited “as an underground sensation named Kid Monkey.”
Clark also says that all the songs are written from her own perspective: “The emotional tones are all true. The songs are the most coherent expression of them. Songs are like prophecies. They can be stronger than you are.” She also shared a couple of her favorite lines from the album: “Teenage Christian virgins holding out their tongues / Paranoid secretions falling on basement rugs,” and “Remember one Christmas I gave you Jim Carroll / Intended it as a cautionary tale / You said you saw yourself inside there / Dog-eared it like a how-to manual.”
Paumgarten also includes a conversation between Clark and the creative director Willo Perron, who’s helping Clark plan out her tour and her album visuals. Based on that one conversation that Paumgarten recorded, it looks like the new album’s cover will be a picture of a butt belonging to Carlotta Kohl, a photographer and model who’s also Clark’s research assistant. And her live show might feature Clark wearing a “skin suit,” made to look like whoever’s wearing it is naked. And that live show might also feature dialogue written by Clark’s friend Carrie Brownstein. It all sounds pretty weird!
There are other tidbits in there, too. For instance: Clark’s not all that confident that her plans to direct a movie version of The Picture Of Dorian Grey will actually happen: “It would be an expensive film to make. he likelihood of making this film is, like, 2%. But I don’t care, because it’s fun. Worst-case scenario is I get seen as a hardworking person with ideas in a medium I’m interested in. I sort of subscribe to the idea of the busier you are, the busier you are.”
Also, Clark talked about how her father was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2010 for defrauding investors in what the magazine calls “a penny-stock scheme,” something that Clark has never previously discussed. “I wrote a whole album about it,” Clark says, referring to Strange Mercy. That’s one thing that bonded Clark with her friend Jenny Lewis, whose father also spent time in prison.
The whole profile has a whole lot more on Clark and you can read it here.