New St. Vincent – “Actor Out Of Work”

So far Annie Clark’s new album’s made waves in a few big bursts: First the extremely facial album art, next the fairy tale-cum-fuzz pedal delirium of the fantastic lead MP3 “The Strangers.” By Annie standards Actor’s pseudo-title track “Actor Out Of Work” is a relatively straight forward stomping rocker, though chords move with music school smarts and the riffs augment and distend in clever ways, and the embellishments come via ghostly backing vocals and twinkling keys, and yeah even when it’s relatively straight-forward St. Vincent’s still deceptively clever rock. Hear it at Hype. Or try this video of Ms. Clark rehearsing the tune with her band for NPR down in Austin:

Actor is out 5/5 on 4AD.

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