ANNIE CLARK is a young composer and multi-instrumentalist with a prolific and critically acclaimed output in the indie-rock world. Shortly after dropping out of Berklee College of Music, Clark joined The Polyphonic Spree just before their embarking on a European tour. In 2006, she joined Sufjan Stevens’s touring band while simultaneously working on a solo debut under the moniker St. Vincent–a reference to Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died.
In 2007, Clark stepped out on her own and signed a deal with Beggars Banquet, which released St. Vincent's first full-length album, Marry Me. The album was well received by critics, and in 2009, Clark moved to the celebrated British independent label 4AD for her second album. Teaming with producer John Congleton, St. Vincent's sophomore effort, Actor, was a musical and lyrical step forward from her debut, and strong reviews coupled with St. Vincent's impressive live performances helped the album rise from the indie ranks to the mainstream charts.
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In addition to her busy touring schedule, Clark found time to make guest appearances on albums by the Mountain Goats and the New Pornographers, and in 2011, she appeared at a special concert paying homage to the pioneering indie rock bands chronicled in Michael Azerrad's book Our Band Could Be Your Life, where St. Vincent performed a striking version of Big Black's "Kerosene" that earned praise from group founder Steve Albini. In the spring of 2011, Clark was reunited in the studio with producer Congleton, and the third St. Vincent album, Strange Mercy, was released in September 2011.
The following year, Clark embarked on a collaboration with Talking Heads musician David Byrne after the two met at Radio City Hall in New York City for AIDS/HIV charity Dark Was the Night's benefit concert in 2009. The initial plan was to play a one-off show together; however, after the pair began to trade ideas, the project snowballed into a full album. They incorporated horns into the sound and traded lyrics via e-mail until Love this Giant was realized and released in 2012. Clark spent much of that year and 2013 touring in support of the project, which was a critical and commercial success. Late in 2013, Clark began work on her fourth album, once again working with Congleton. St. Vincent, which boasted some of Clark's most accessible songwriting and challenging sounds, appeared in early 2014.