NME Festival blog: St. Vincent discusses ‘arbitrary’ ideas of identity and changes in entertainment industry since #MeToo

The musician described now as an “exciting time” in terms of expanding what humans get to be

St. Vincent has spoken about “arbitrary” ideas of identity and changes in the entertainment industry since the resurgence of the #MeToo movement.

The musician, whose real name is Annie Clark, released her latest album ‘MASSEDUCTION‘ last year. In a four-star review, NME said: “She’s due, next year, to direct a film adaptation of The Picture Of Dorian Gray; in ‘Masseduction’ we already have both Dorian and his portrait: the fox on the album’s cover, all rampant neons, stockinged legs, and taut flesh, and the inner ravaging – material just too good to keep in the attic.”

In an interview with Channel 4, Clark was asked how things had changed since the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements had gathered pace. “I think that people feel more empowered to speak truth to power and to dismantle and disrupt the system and the status quo,” she replied. “Those are always turbulent times, but they’re very exciting times.”

She continued to share her thoughts on sexuality and gender, saying: “I think sexuality is fluid, yes I think gender is fluid. I think so much of identity is construct and so much of identity is arbitrary anyway and I think it’s just a really exciting time to get to broaden the idea of what human beings get to be.”

Meanwhile, Clark recently shared a reworked version of ‘MASSEDUCTION’ track ‘Slow Disco’, now titled ‘Fast Slow Disco’. She later said it was Taylor Swift who came up with the idea to do a new version of the song.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, Clark said: “I don’t want to start a weird rumour or anything, but I swear to God, you know because [producer and Bleachers frontman] Jack Antonoff’s bros with Taylor Swift because they work together a lot, and I feel like Taylor was like, ‘You should make this a pop song.’

“I know that she wholeheartedly supported that idea and I think the genesis of the idea was her,” she added.

St. Vincent will return to the UK for two headline shows in August, as well as an appearance at End Of The Road Festival. Tickets are available here.

St. Vincent will play:

Leeds, O2 Academy (August 28)
Cambridge, Corn Exchange (29)
End Of The Road Festival (August 30-September 2)


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