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The Ab­strac­tress HIS­TORY

An­nie Clark was prob­a­bly des­tined for mu­si­cal great­ness – her un­cle is fin­ger­style leg­end Tuck An­dress, af­ter all – and af­ter study­ing at the Berklee School of Mu­sic and tour­ing as a gui­tarist for both The Poly­phonic Spree and Suf­jan Stevens, she emerged in 2007 with her first St. Vin­cent al­bum, Mar­ryMe.

For many, how­ever, it wasn’t un­til 2012’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with David Byrne, LoveThisGiant, that her uniquely an­gu­lar play­ing grabbed their at­ten­tion. 2014’s St.Vin­cent and 2017’s Masse­duc­tion fur­ther ex­plored this Devo-meets-Adri­anBelew-at-an-art-show style, and her Ernie Ball Mu­sic Man sig­na­ture gui­tar cel­e­brates her in­di­vid­u­al­ity and achieve­ment on the in­stru­ment.‹ GREAT­EST ACHIEVE­MENTS

St. Vin­cent is an in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile player, from ‘30s-style fingerpicking to ul­tra-mod­ern, ab­stract, ef­fects-laden freak-outs and Robert Fripp-style brainy licks. And she’s able to do it all within the con­text of a pop song in a way that we’ve never re­ally heard be­fore.‹ WHERE TO START Slow Disco

This is one of St. Vin­cent’s most straight­for­ward, chord-based songs, but it will con­nect you to her mu­si­cal sen­si­bil­i­ties be­fore you try to tackle…‹ BOSS LEVEL Birth In Re­verse

This track is crammed full of spiky sin­gle-note riffs, dirty fuzz melodies and clangy chords be­fore a synth-like mid­dle sec­tion throws ham­mer-ons, pull-offs and odd rhyth­mic cou­plings at you.‹

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