Monday, April 23, 2012

St. Vincent: "Krokodil" / "Grot"

Well this is a bit of a departure. Annie Clark steps out from her usual baroque Kate Bush steelo and gets down with an electro-punk, almost NIN-evoking hardcore sound. These two songs represent both sides of a 7" released for - what else? - Record Store Day, so there seems to be a dearth of information on who produced and played on these two cuts, but the no bullshit brutality here isn't entirely unprecedented: "Northern Lights" off of last year's Strange Mercy showed a darker, more guitar-oriented side of St. Vincent, and if you want to go all the way back to 2007, "Your Lips Are Red" - while lacking in bludgeoning guitar - certainly had a more sinister, Siouxsie Sioux kinda thing going on; but "Krokodil" and "Grot" at the very least take those rare glimpses into Clark's psyche to an entirely different level. Side project?

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