Just months after the release of her critically acclaimed eponymous fifth studio album; multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) graced the hallowed Ed Sullivan Theater stage to perform a career-spanning set that all but tore the roof off the house The Beatles built.
St. Vincent's new album, produced by John Congleton (David Byrne, Brian Wilson, Erykah Badu, The Roots), was recorded in Austin, Texas back in 2013 and features collaborations from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss and Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith.
The album also went on to become Vincent's highest charting record to date; speaking on what makes it different from her previous work, Clark recently shared: "It's more confident, I'm extending a hand; I want to connect with people. 'Strange Mercy', which is a record I'm proud of, was definitely a very accurate record of my life at a certain time, but it was more about self-laceration, all the sort of internal struggle. [St. Vincent] is very extroverted."
Before the show, Clark revealed even more about the process of creating her new album in the pre-show interview. On, her writing process, Clark explained that she channels her sub-conscious when trying to spark creativity. She further explained that when writing, she creates “meta-layers” and asks questions such as “How does this intersect with humanity”.
After the interview, fans filed into the legendary theater and St. Vincent was ready to hit the stage. The Oklahoma native opened up the show with a bang - with a rollocking performance of the first song off her new album entitled 'Rattlesnake'. Clark then treated the theater to another new track in the form of 'Digital Witness' before bringing it back to her 'Strange Mercy' and 'Actor' LP's for intimate performances of 'Cruel' and 'Marrow'.
Clark followed the pair of older tunes with a brand new song - this time serenading the New York City faithful with an incredible rendition of 'Every Tear Disappears' before bringing fans two more older favorites off "Strange Mercy" - 'Surgeon' and 'Cheerleader'.
Following an unbelievable ovation that could be heard on out on Broadway, fans continued to sing along with St. Vincent word for word as she performed a trio of new songs that sounded even better than their album counterparts - this time selecting 'Prince Johnny', 'Regret' and ‘Huey Newton' to wow the city that never sleeps.
Clark then closed out the show in style; ending the night with her biggest hit to date off her new LP entitled ‘Birth In Reverse’ - closing the lid on yet another epic Live on Letterman webcast for the history books.
By Gian Vassaliko