Themes of power and sex, imperiled relationships and death slice through¬†St. Vincent aka Annie Clark's¬†highly anticipated new album¬†Masseduction, the enigmatic artist's first since her Grammy-nominated self-titled 2014 effort. The 13 tracks swirl with guitar and piano, synths and strings, and drum beats that punch with purpose. The album was co-produced by¬†St. Vincent¬†and¬†Jack Antonoff¬†at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, with additional recording at Rough Consumer Studio in Brooklyn, and Compound Fracture in Los Angeles.
"Every record I make has an archetype," says Clark. "Strange Mercy was Housewives on Pills. St. Vincent was Near-Future Cult Leader. Masseduction is different, it's pretty first person. You can't fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record."
Masseducation¬†is the culmination of years of writing, with songs crafted from voice memos, text messages, and snippets of melodies that came to Clark while traveling the globe. Special guests on the album include¬†Thomas Bartlett¬†on piano,¬†Kamasi Washington¬†on saxophone,¬†Jenny Lewis¬†on vocals, and beat production from¬†Sounwave.¬†Greg Leisz¬†and¬†Rich Hinman¬†add pedal steel, and¬†Tuck and Patti Andress¬†contribute guitar and vocals respectively on select tracks.