New Single from St. Vincent: “Surgeon”

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New Single from St. Vincent: “Surgeon”

St. Vincent is in the midst of an unusually aggressive ad campaign for her upcoming album, Strange Mercy. If you visit the website specifically designed to promote the album, you can watch short films featuring nursing kittens, footage of a young girl playing, and a stream of passive aggressive comments directed straight at the camera by pretty young women. Presumably, all of these clips are foreshadowing some of the major themes of Strange Mercy, which will be released by 4AD on September 13th.

Most appealingly, in exchange for your e-mail address, the website offers up a free mp3 of the first single off of Strange Mercy. “Surgeon”, with it’s heavily smeared orchestral noises and stuttering guitars, doesn’t stray too far from St. Vincent’s signature sinister-Disney-movie sound, but it’s characteristically winning all the same. Certainly worth receiving a couple of e-mails a month for the next few months.

Tour dates are below, as is a video of St. Vincent covering Tom Waits’ “Big Black Mariah” at the Raindogs Revisited concert in London a couple of weeks ago. Between this and her blistering version of Big Black’s “Kerosene”, I’d be very interested to hear a St. Vincent covers album.

 

St. Vincent

8/25 – New York, NY @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ McGuire Theatre
10/3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/5 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/6 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/7 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/8 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/13 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/23 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/24 – Austin, TX @ Moody Theater at ACL Live
10/25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
10/26 – New Orleans, LA @ TBA
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
10/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
11/1 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/3 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/4 – Boston, MA @ Royale


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