St Vincent is 28-year-old Annie Erin Clark. If you have been paying attention over the past few years, you will almost certainly have heard of Actor, her 2009 album which was received with fevered acclaim. And that acclaim grew and grew. It’s difficult to find a single bad word to say about an album that reached for perfection and at the very least, grazed it. Strange Mercy is St Vincent’s third album and is out in September. Presumably, critics are searching through their thesaurus for more superlatives to lavish upon it. On Friday, ‘Surgeon’ was released to the internet via her album website. The servers crashed and for very good reason. ‘Surgeon’ is magnificent, drifting along on a repetitive and simple guitar line. And then come the synths. It’s just so simple. And perfect.


St Vincent – ‘Surgeon’