St. Vincent is in the mood to boogie, oogie, oogie. On Thursday (March 4), the singer (born Annie Clark), dropped the disco-fied video for her funky single “Pay Your Way in Pain,” which has her rocking a wide green lapel pants suit, open collar shirt and blonde wig as she gyrates to the song’s rubbery rhythm.
The song opens with the lines, “You got to pay your way in pain/ You got to pray your way in shame,” with Clark dancing on her own in a studio lit by a disco ball and flashing light, waving her hands as she sings, “I went to the store, I was feelin’ kinda hungry/ But I didn’t have the money, and the shelves were all empty/ So I went to the bank to ch-ch-check my checking/ The man looked at my face, said we don’t have a record.”
The song will appear on her sixth studio album, Daddy’s Home, due out on May 14.
The video was directed by Bill Benz, who is was also the director of the upcoming film The Nowhere Inn, which was co-produced, co-written and stars St. Vincent and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein; the film is due out in the fall.
The shapeshifting singer/guitarist described her follow-up to 2017’s Masseduction in a statement as a collection of, “stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night’s heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up for three days straight.”
Clark says that after the previous album’s title track won the Grammy for best rock song, her father was released from prison in the winter of 2019, and she began writing the 11 songs that would end up comprising Daddy’s Home, “closing the loop on a journey that began with his incarceration in 2010, and ultimately led her back to the vinyl her dad had introduced her to during her childhood. The records she has probably listened to more than any other music in her entire life. Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975.”
The collection — available for pre-order on 8-track, CD, vinyl, deluxe vinyl and cassette — was produced by Clark and Jack Antonoff.
Check out the Daddy’s Home track list and watch the “Pay Your Way in Pain” below.
1. “Pay Your Way In Pain”
2. “Down And Out Downtown”
3. “Daddy’s Home”
4. “Live In the Dream”
5. “The Melting Of The Sun”
6. “The Laughing Man”
8. “Somebody Like Me”
9. “My Baby Wants A Baby”
10. “…At The Holiday Party”
11. “Candy Darling”