Introducing New Persona, St. Vincent Amazes at Austin City Limits Taping: Daddy’s House and Ready to Rock ACL Fest – Music
Daddy’s house and ready to rock the ACL Fest
By David Brendan Hall,
1:00 p.m., Fri 1 October 2021
St. Vincent at the Austin City Limits taping on Thursday. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
True to its model by album release, St. Vincent’s is locked into a specific new character. The protagonist of the sixth feature film daddy’s house is a bleach blonde New York City fashionista with equal parts soul and sultry swagger.
She remained attached to this character throughout her third LCD TV recording, Thursday night at the Moody Theater, but the performance challenged the uni-dimensionality at every turn.
New Saint-Vincent look. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
Indeed, if you consider them as a preview of what ACL festival attendees can expect from her Sunday Night set (a Weekend 1 exclusive), fans hoping to get a glimpse of old iterations of Annie Clark will not be left out. New material arrived via just six of the ensemble’s spellbinders, and while the striking funk-soul concoction of these tunes – brought up here by a star-studded group filled with three ace chorus-dancers – often permeated older material, St. V frequently and fantastically fucked with the original form of almost every song.
Avant-garde funk slipped into a pair of mid-sets Masseduction tracks “Los Ageless” and “Sugarboy”, but the licks followed a pattern of intermittent eruptions with post-punk punches and this last track resolved into a din bordering on the grunge of freak-outs of distorted guitar that drew massive cheers from most masked audiences. The rest of the “classics” – Actor addition “Marrow”, strange mercy pillar “Cheerleader” and “Your Lips are Red” (a relative rarity from the early Marry me) – also served fiery shredding. Die-hards know how to expect this, but I’d bet most newcomers were surprised and speechless.
St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, looks into a guitar game at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Thursday night. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
And no one was safe from a total spellbinding during the “Live in the Dream” and “Melting of the Sun” show closings, a pair that perfectly predicted just how vast Saint-Vincent’s sound spectrum – ranging from psychedelia to highly harmonic soul – is about to amaze any ACL Weekend 1ers has been fortunate enough to witness.
Daddy’s Home: Saint-Vincent and his group. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
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