Apr 01, 2021
By Mark Redfern
Photography by Zackery Michael
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) is releasing a new album, Daddy’s Home, on May 14 via Loma Vista. Now she has shared the album’s second single, “The Melting of the Sun,” via a lyric video for it. As befitting the theme of the album, the song has a ’70s vibe. Its lyrics seem to reference the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, and perhaps Tori Amos. This weekend St. Vincent will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where she will likely perform the song. Listen below.
Previously St. Vincnt shared the album’s first single, “Pay Your Way In Pain,” via a video for the track. The sleazy and funky “Pay Your Way In Pain” sounds like something from Beck’s Midnite Vultures album (from 1999) and was one of our Songs of the Week. The song was previewed with a teaser video.
Daddy’s Home was teased with a series of outdoor advertisements. Jack Antonoff co-produced the album with Clark, which was recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. In 2019 Clark’s father was released from prison after being incarerated for nine years, hence the album’s title, Daddy’s Home. This led her to revisiting the vinyl records her dad used to play her when she was a child. As a press release puts it: “The records she has probably listened to more than any other music in her entire life. Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975.” Hence the vibe of the album’s promotion and packaging is decidedly ’70s.
In the press release Clark puts it this way: “Daddy’s Home collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night’s heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up for three days straight.”