One of my top five albums from 2011 is Strange Mercy, the third release from Brooklyn’s pixie-ish singer-songwriter St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark. It balances tender moments of tranquil baroque-pop (“Stranger Mercy,” “Champagne Year”) with blasts of post-punk (“Cruel,” “Northern Lights”) delivered via Clark’s virtuosic guitar playing—seriously, check her out live, she straight kills it; imagine Tinkerbell in a vintage dress ripping riffs and stomping on fuzz pedals in wooden high-heels. Such was the case when Clark played an album-release gig at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last August, which apparently influenced her brand new music video for Strange Mercy gem “Cheerleader.” Watch it below.
In the video, directed by Hiro Murai (B.o.B, Scissor Sisters), a giant-sized version of Clark is tied up in an art gallery space for patrons to gawk at. She soon breaks free, but doesn’t make it far—St. Vincent crumbles into dust. Heavy. What does it all mean? Good question. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.