It’s an out-of-nowhere photo that’s been breathlessly gushed over everywhere from the high-fashion pages of Vogue to web pages of the legendary NME.
Yesterday, modern-era guitar hero Annie Clark—known formally as St. Vincent—took to Twitter to post pictures of herself in the studio. Positioned behind her were Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss, a.k.a. all three members of the great and long-running Pacific Northwest trio Sleater-Kinney.
But the really great news came with the caption, which read simply as follows: “2019. @Sleater_Kinney produced by St. Vincent.”
That’s right, one of the most forward-thinking and truly visionary voices in rock is behind the boards for one of the most famously fierce units in the history of alternative rock.
Vogue, perhaps expectedly, took the clothing angle when reporting the news, writing of St. Vincent: “Clark is pictured.…wearing a cropped denim jacket and oversize sunglasses.” And then, of Sleater-Kinney: “Given that it's been over 20 years since the band first got together, Sleater-Kinney’s sense of style has undeniably matured. In the photo, Tucker paired a leopard-print top with a fuzzy coat, Weiss matched a red beret to her blazer, and Brownstein complemented her steely gaze with a slouchy, black denim jacket.”
Noisey focused on the news from an über-fan’s perspective, gushing, “Sleater-Kinney's new album is out this year. And, holy fucking shit my wonderful friends, Annie Clark of St. Vincent is sitting behind the goddamn desk.”
Having grown up in the golden age of riot grrrl, Clark is not surprisingly a long-time fan of Sleater-Kinney, the guitarist covering the group’s “Modern Girl” last year. She’s also worked closely with Brownstein on short films for St. Vincent’s 2017 record Masseducation, and appeared with the Portland native on the cult-hit TV show Portlandia.
Brown told NPR that Clark has produced all songs on the upcoming full-length, which is due out later this year.
"If there is an overarching principle to this album,” the Sleater-Kinney guitarist said on npr.org, “it's that the tools on which we were relying proved inadequate. So we sought new ones, both metaphorically and literally."
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