St. Vincent is on the cover of the January issue of Guitar World. In the interview in the magazine, Annie Clark talks about the beginning of her career and her work on the follow-up to her self-titled album, which came out in 2014. The new album does not have a name yet, but it is “due for release this spring” and Clark believes it to be a “‘real sea change’ in her sound.”
“I’ve been able to step back and reflect and not just be in the tour, record, tour, record cycle that I’ve been in for about 10 years. I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done,” Clark said about the album. She continued, “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. The personal is political and therefore the political can’t help but influence the art. And only music that has something pretty real to say is gonna cut the mustard.”
Clark made a statement to go with her appearance on the Guitar World cover itself as well. Past “buyer’s guide” editions of the magazine have had scantily-clad women displaying the guitars. Clark holds her signature Ernie Ball guitar and wears a bikini t-shirt you would typically see in a gift shop on her cover, making her “own absurdist comment” on the magazine’s past. Check out the cover here.