As her new album approaches, St. Vincent has released a string of short clips spoofing the interview circuit that's become requisite with the release of a new LP. The clips were made in collaboration with Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, who wrote the dry, monotone snippets.
The videos see St. Vincent, or Annie Clark, dressed in a translucent black top and latex skirt, seated in front of a greenscreen with several crew members, each women in fetish gear--dresses with holes for the breasts and buttcheeks--operating booms and lighting.
The videos begin with text reading things like "Insert light banter" and "Insert question about what it's like to play a show in heels," and to most of these her responses are hilariously cynical--her advice to young musicians is to get into the film industry.
Peppered within the sarcasm are some real moments of insight. Her response to discussing political art is:
"I think relevance is an act of political fluency and my goal is to stay relevant as an artist. All political art is not great art, and great art is not all political. Art will always be judged in relation to the time and place in which it was made. If an artist claims if they are apolitical, then I feel they've already lost the battle. An audience is more damaged, I think, and betrayed by voids rather than substance."