Beloved experimental indie-rocker leans toward the autobiographical on 'Masseduction'

St. Vincent's Annie Clark has said that each record she makes contains an archetype. “Strange Mercy was housewives on pills. St. Vincent was near-future cult leader,” she said, but most-recent album Masseduction strays from the pattern by focusing on Clark herself. “If you want to know about my life, listen to this record.”

“New York” is an intimate, piano-based ode to Clark's home that explores how the city has shaped her existence, while other beat-heavy Masseduction songs revel in bombastic blasts of sound (the record was co-produced by Jack Antonoff, after all), without losing Clark's enthralling experimental streak. While the record may seem sonically scattered on first listen, it's a grower, with each spin revealing more layers that deepen the album's impact.

On St. Vincent's “Fear the Future” tour, $1 from every ticket will go to organizations battling the opioid crisis, and ticketholders will also receive an emailed download of Masseduction. (Don't miss it)