St. Vincent Teases 'Guitar World' With Bikini-Shirt Cover, Talks New Album

David Needleman
St. Vincent photographed on Aug. 24, 2016 at ROOT NYC in New York.

St. Vincent is gracing the cover of the February 2017 issue of Guitar World, but she couldn’t make her debut cover with the magazine without trolling them a bit first.

“I did a quick Google search of women on the cover, and all I really saw was girls in bikinis holding guitars like they’ve never held a guitar before,” Vincent told Guitar World. “I started thinking about that and just wanted to make my own absurdist comment on it. I couldn’t really let it slide without poking a bit of fun and taking the piss a little!”

And that’s how Vincent -- real name Annie Clark -- came to appear on the cover wearing a souvenir-store T-shirt dress of a body in a bikini.

 

Laughs aside, that isn’t all that Vincent bared during the interview. Known for her unique ability to coalesce art rock and pop, Vincent revealed her sixth album -- set to be released spring 2017 -- will in many ways mark a change for her.

“I’ve been able to step back and reflect and not just be in the tour, record, tour, record cycle that I’ve been in for about 10 years,” said Vincent. “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done. I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded -- especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geo-political standpoint. The personal is political and therefore the political can’t help but influence the art. And only music that has something pretty real to say is gonna cut the mustard.”

Vincent's last album St. Vincent peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200.