St. Vincent has shared her silky new single, ‘The Melting Of The Sun’, taken from her forthcoming sixth-studio album Daddy’s Home.
The album is about her father’s release from prison after serving a sentence for white-collar crime. Annie Clark announced the record last month with the glitzy comeback single, ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’. Now with ‘The Melting Of The Sun’, she has offered a moment of calm and contemplation, with an old school unapologetically pop-driven single that sees her pay homage to iconoclasts such as Joni Mitchell and Marilyn Monroe.
“People tried to quiet them when they were saying something that was righteous or true or hard to hear,” Clark said in a statement. “[That song] in particular is a love letter to strong, brilliant female artists. Each of them survived in an environment that was in a lot of ways hostile to them.”
On the track, she croons: “Saint Joni ain’t no phoney, Smoking reds where Furry sang the blues, My Marilyn shot her heroin hell she said it’s better than abuse, So who am I trying to be? A benzo beauty queen.”
Clark previously described the album as “the sound of being down and out Downtown in New York, 1973. Glamour that hasn’t slept for three days.” That sentiment certainly exists on ‘The Melting Of The Sun’, where St. Vincent has reached far and wide to try to replicate that essence of vintage cool on the track.
However, this search for the distinct taste of late-night cocktail bars in the ’70s is one that St. Vincent manages to pull off with authenticity. As one might expect with such a subject, at times, the song does feel slightly contrived and perhaps too cliched.
Nevertheless, Daddy’s Home is shaping up to be a fascinating release from one of the most unpredictable artists around, who continues to shift into different personas for every single record. So far, the two singles released feel like they’re from two different artists. ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’ was a sassy, vigoured effort and followed up with a nostalgia-soaked ballad. A total contrast, but somehow St. Vincent has managed to make this style work on ‘The Melting Of The Sun’.