Ahead of her first virtual concert, St Vincent has just dropped a live performance of her track ‘Los Ageless’ via her Down and Out Downtown livestream.
The track comes from St Vincent’s (real name Annie Clark) 2017 album Masseduction. But, in this video, Clark has replaced the song’s original ’80s electro minimalism with a velvety, glam-funk arrangement more akin to the ’70s inspired aesthetics of her new record, Daddy’s Home.
The performance, from the deep red lighting, to the drummer’s string vest, really does look like it’s been plucked straight from The Old Grey Whistle Test. St Vincent, with her beige trenchcoat and asymmetrical guitar, looks somewhere between Prince and a private eye detective. The overall effect is one of sultry, sleazy cool.
St Vincent’s Down and Out Downtown concert will be live-streamed on August 4th and 5th, depending on where you are in the world. In a press release, she described the show as: “A sepia-toned tour de force of gritty grooves, hungover glamour and spellbinding musicality. From rollicking full band rave-ups to delicate acoustic interludes, Down and Out Downtown brings the ’70s-inspired sensibilities of Daddy’s Home to life in a celebration of unforgettable songs and peerless musicians.”
The show will be directed by Bill Benz, a filmmaker who directed The Nowhere Inn, a piece that St Vincent co-wrote and acted in. It will comprise of songs from St Vincent’s new album Daddy’s Home, as well as new arrangments of tracks from her previous albums.
From this video, it appears as though those older tracks will be performed in the gritty ’70s style, which characterises her new record and the accompanying tour. About the album, St Vincent said: “I would say it’s the sound of being down and out Downtown in New York, 1973. Glamour that hasn’t slept for three days.”
Watch the time-warped video below.