Seeing Annie Clark solo with guitar is nothing new for those that have been seeing her shows since the pre-Actor days, but even then St. Vincent was never interested in going the simply strummed acoustic route. In order to flesh out her songs, music that often winds off-kilter harmonic trails through sudden structural shifts, her solo stints generally rely as much on loops and pedals as an ever-present electric guitar. Until this trio of live clips on Music Row in Nashville by Lake Fever Productions, unplugged renditions of Actor and Marry Me standouts which Annie introduces by admitting “Well, I don’t even think I own an acoustic guitar…” Hard to believe that from these deft bedsit rearrangements, though, with a bossa-styled jaunt through “Actor Out Of Work“; gorgeously voiced fingerpicking on “The Strangers” (sans thrashy exeunt, naturally); and a more rolling, folkie pass through Actor bonus cut “Oh My God.” If St. Vincent material can sound this good without her even owning an acoustic guitar, just wait until somebody gets smart and buys her one. (Hint, 4AD.)
“Actor Out Of Work”
“Oh My God”
Actor is out.
- St. Vincent – “The Strangers”Download