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Track of the Day: St. Vincent – Prince Johnny

‘Prince Johnny’ is the enigmatic third single to be released off Annie Clark’s (St. Vincent) eponymous…

 

‘Prince Johnny’ is the enigmatic third single to be released off Annie Clark’s (St. Vincent) eponymous fifth album, scheduled for release on the 25th of February. It follows the upbeat “Birth in Reverse” and “Digital Witness” with a comparatively leisurely saunter, showcasing the Manhattan-based multi-instrumentalist’s aptitude for measured, polysemic songwriting.   

Sharp and hard-hitting percussion ricochets throughout, while Clark’s sophisticated vocals narrate the experience with an intelligent, jazz-like sultriness. A characteristically abrasive, brittle guitar distortion balances out the high-sung beauty of the chorus. ‘Prince Johnny’ is a poignant, timeless exploration of Clark’s bookish fascination with madness and joy, the distressing but pleasurable, as previously seen on Actor (2009) and Strange Mercy (2011) –only with increased poise and refinement.   

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