Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 20/02/13
Made it through swarms of ticket scalpers, and crowds of people at the bar, into the standing area at Shephard’s Bush, just in time for supporting band Glass Animals to play.
For an act as unique and experimental as St. Vincent, Glass Animals was a surprisingly safe choice. Through their half hour set, they went through pretty sounding indie-pop tunes, working in the same methodical realm as Alt-J and Wild Beasts.
Soon after, St. Vincent took to the stage starting off with new album opener Rattlesnake and then straight into digital-fatigued Digital Witness. The nearly two hours of music was dynamic, empowering and never tiresome. From beautiful sonic sections straight into chaos, Annie Clark is the queen of the juxtaposition. Backed by a talented band, Clark moved around the stage, sometimes sitting on her mini throne-less podium, standing on it, being below it; the movement was much-needed in the overly-crowded venue. From the days of small-talk and after-song thank you’s, Clark has evolved into a confident performer, giving the audience eccentric and existential anecdotes that make you feel small and big at the same time. The show is proof that St. Vincent is one of the most inventive musicians (and creative minds) out there, right now.