Prepare to fall in love with St. Vincent all over again. Three years after slaying our hearts with her fourth studio album St. Vincent, the singer is back with an aching ballad and a new tour. Days after announcing a fall tour called “Fear the Future” (three guesses about who inspired that title), the LGBTQ advocate has unveiled the first new music from her upcoming album.
“New York” swaps out the experimental, soft rock sounds of the guitar riffs she’s become famous for and, instead, opts for a piano and strings for her sweeping ode to “the only motherfucker in the city who can handle” her. “New York isn’t New York without you, love,” Annie Clark sings at the start. By the end of the short two-and-a-half-minute track, she sings the words we’ve all felt while falling out of love: “I have lost a hero. I have lost a friend. But for you, darling, I’d do it all again.”
It’s a tender ode to a former flame and one that’s rife with the kind of emotional baggage you’re still trying to unpack months after the breakup, which makes it the perfect song to cry into your ice cream over. While there’s no set release date for her new album, we do know that Jack Antonoff, the mega-producer and artist behind Lorde’s Melodrama, is working with Clark and that it’s set to be her “deepest, boldest” yet.
As she explained in December, “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geo-political standpoint.”