St. Vincent Returns With Her First Song in Two Years, the Sweeping Ballad ‘New York’

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It’s been two years since we last got an official release from St. Vincent, and three years since we were given her most recent full-length, 2014’s St. Vincent. But now Annie Clark is finally back with a new song, and we can only hope it’s the harbinger of a not-yet-announced album to come. “New York” is a departure from the angular guitar riffs that punctuated much of her previous album — here, Clark chooses instead to use a muted piano and swelling strings to lament the loss of “the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.” It’s a short, bittersweet, and ultimately effective ode to the specific time and place you’ll always remember, when you lose someone you’ll always care deeply about.

St. Vincent Returns With the Sweeping Ballad ‘New York’