After three (mostly) quiet years, St. Vincent has returned with a new song, “New York,” which she’ll presumably be playing on her recently announced Fear the Future tour.
The guitar goddess leans into her chamber-pop inclinations on “New York,” which doesn’t offer even a hint of Annie Clark’s signature guitar pyrotechnics. Instead, the track opens with a lush piano line behind just Clark’s voice as she pines, “New York isn’t New York without you, love.” The song swells with strings and soft, pulsing bass, keeping its composure even as Clark laments, “You’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.”
announced the song across social media this way on Thursday night:
St. Vincent’s last record was her 2014 self-titled hit, but in the meantime she has written a song for HBO’s Girls (“Teenage Talk”) and directed a short film called The Birthday Party, among other projects. No word yet on a new album.
Listen to “New York” below.
And while you’re here, you should check out this video of St. Vincent covering The Beatles’ “Dig a Pony” back in 2009, another exclusive recording from the Paste Cloud.