St. Vincent, also known as Annie Clark, recently released new single "The Melting Of The Sun," which will appear on her upcoming album Daddy's Home.
Clark made a public statement about Daddy's Home: “One of the things about Daddy’s Home is that there is a literal and autobiographical element to it, but also I’m daddy now!” She continued, “I have shit to do, I have responsibilities and this world that I’ve created. I always think of the Picasso quote: ‘Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth’. These stories are things that I’ve lived and ways that I feel. It’s hard for me to parcel out what is what. I just make the world. I don’t think too much about compartmentalizing it."
Clark also shared that she was "dead set" on her next album being a "heavy record," following Masseduction. "Like just heavy the whole time," she shared, "like, ‘Hey kids, you like Tool? Well, you’ll love the St. Vincent record.'"
Daddy's Home draws inspiration from legendary rock n' roll artists, including David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Derek & The Dominos. The album also finds influence within the works of timeless funk and jazz artists, such as Nina Simone and James Brown.
"The Melting Of The Sun" and previous single "Pay Your Way In Pain" reflect the psychedelia of the 70s Free Love movement and the edge of classic rock influences. Not only does Clark highlight the work of 70s stars through the album's tone and instrumentation, but also references icons in her lyrics. She sings 'My Marilyn shot her heroin / Hell, she's said "it's better than abuse', The Melting Of The Sun,' in ode to Marilyn Monroe. The line, along with many others, directly addresses the exploitation of women in the music industry. Wailing guitar riffs, tones, and vocal lines further emphasize Clark's call for change in the industry and the seriousness of the issue. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Clark shared that "[That song] in particular is a love letter to strong, brilliant female artists."
The track is accompanied by colorful, trippy visuals, which were inspired by the famous Schoolhouse Rock animations. In the bright, experimental video, Clark appears in the sun amidst imagery of cartoon female musicians and various substances. The music video for "The Melting Of The Sun" is a sunny and ironic contrast to the urgency and desperation of the song's subject matter.
Listen to "The Melting Of The Sun" and watch the music video below. Let us know what you think.