Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

'New York' - St. Vincent

'New York' - St. Vincent

"Wtf is this new single?" and brusque statements like "Friends don't let friends get Antonoffed" abounded online, highlighting the gap between Annie Clark's avant-garde credibility and the Bleachers frontman's populist streak.

After releasing the audio for her melancholy new track "New York", St. Vincent is back with some accompanying visuals, and despite the rather solemn music, the visuals are anything but. It's drenched in nostalgia, heartache, strings, "perfect" pop chord progressions, and attention-grabbing utterances of the word "motherfucker".

Check out the "New York" video here. Directed by Alex Da Corte, the clip segues effortlessly between colorful set-pieces and arty poses.

"In turn, Annie Clark recently spoke to the Song Exploder podcast about writing "New York", commenting: "'New York' is really a composite for me - it's everybody I love in that song, it's my whole life in a song".

Watch Da Corte's video for St. Vincent's "New York" below. Famous New York City public artworks fittingly make cameos: we see Clark reading the newspaper on Forrest Myers' "The Wall" in Soho, and slowly turning Bernard Rosenthal's "Alamo", or the Astor Place Cube.

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