New York (St. Vincent song) Article

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"New York"
St. Vincent New York.png
Single by St. Vincent
from the album Masseduction
ReleasedJune 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)
Format Digital download
Length2:33
Label Loma Vista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jack Antonoff
  • St. Vincent
St. Vincent singles chronology
" Under Neon Lights"
(2015)
"New York"
(2017)
" Los Ageless"
(2017)
Music video
"New York" on YouTube

"New York" is a song by American musician St. Vincent. It was released on June 30, 2017, through Loma Vista as the lead single off her fifth studio album, Masseduction. [1]

Background

On May 2017, The New York Times stated that American producer Jack Antonoff is working on new music with Clark. [2] Clark performed the song for the first time in June 2016 during a New York City benefit show. [3]

Composition

"New York" is a sombre ballad mourning the end of a relationship. [4] Unlike her previous material, the song does not contain Clark's "fiery guitar playing, nor the squelching industrial soundscapes of her great self-titled album from 2014. It's just her voice, and some simple lilting piano chords—that's about it." The song finds Clark "singing without apparent irony about personal loss. The song could also be read as a eulogy for a certain portion of the soul of New York City itself; she sings mostly about locales in the East Village, painting them with a wild romantic streak that exists mostly in the memory of the city's denizens." Andy Cush of Spin described it as "far more straightforward than we've come to expect from Annie Clark," while comparing the song to Lorde's " Liability". [5]

Critical reception

"New York" featured as Pitchfork's "Best New Track" with Laura Snapes deeming it as "a jarring sentiment from someone who always seems so supremely herself." [6] Spin's Andy Cush thought "it would be real shame for a talent as wild and idiosyncratic as Clark's to lose its edges in the pop production and songwriting wringer. "New York" is surprisingly benign compared to her recent output, except for one moment, when she spits out a "motherfucker" worthy of Nick Cave in an otherwise lovely chorus. It's enough to reassure you that St. Vincent still has some acid in her." [5]

Music video

The music video for "New York" directed by visual artist Alex Da Corte was released on August 31, 2017. It features Clark performing the song with "a loud variety of fashion choices" in front of "increasingly lurid and colorful backdrops." [7] [8]

Personnel

Credits adapted from Masseduction booklet. [9]

Musicians

Technical

  • Laura Sisk – engineering
  • Jack Antonoff – additional engineering
  • Annie Clark – additional engineering
  • Sean Cook – additional engineering
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing
  • Brandon Boost – mix engineering
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgium ( Ultratip Flanders) [10] 32
US Adult Alternative Songs ( Billboard) [11] 22

References

  1. ^ "New York - Single by St. Vincent on Apple Music". iTunes. June 30, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (May 24, 2017). "You May Not Know Jack Antonoff. But You Probably Love His Music". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Reed, Ryan (June 29, 2016). "Watch St. Vincent Debut New Song Wearing Toilet Costume". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Renshaw, David (June 30, 2017). "St. Vincent Shares New Song "New York"". The Fader. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Cush, Andy (June 30, 2017). "Review: St. Vincent - "New York"". Spin. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Snapes, Laura (June 30, 2017). "Review: "New York" Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Renshaw, David (August 31, 2017). "St. Vincent Shares Bright "New York" Video". The Fader. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Josephs, Brian (August 31, 2017). "Video: St. Vincent – "New York"". Spin. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Masseduction (booklet). St. Vincent. Loma Vista Recordings. 2017. LVR00226.
  10. ^ " Ultratop.be – St. Vincent – New York" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "St. Vincent Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2017.