St. Vincent (the brilliant creation of guitarist Annie Clark) played a fantastic sold out show at The Observatory North Park in San Diego on Saturday January 27th. Currently out on a North American “Fear the Future” Tour, St. Vincent is supporting her latest album Masseduction, which was released in October of 2017 and is considered by many critics to be one of the best releases of last year. Her 5th release, the album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 selling 29,000 units in its first week and became St. Vincent’s first album to reach the top ten.
For this most recent tour Clark has brought along some family to open each show. The famous jazz duo Tuck and Patti are St. Vincent’s actual aunt and uncle and she lists them as one of her earliest musical influences. They also lent musical contributions to her latest album and the duo’s emotional live set provided a wonderful opener to the evening.
St. Vincent took to a very stark but beautifully lit stage with her guitar in hand and sang along to electronic backing tracks for each song. Her elaborate and striking outfits and multi colored guitars perfectly played to the aesthetic of her newest album and music videos. And while her usual backing band from previous tours was notably absent, the bold artist nonetheless commanded the room with just a guitar and a voice.
She delved into various songs from her previous records for a first set with highlights including a new remixed version of “Digital Witness.” After a brief intermission, the 2nd act was a performance of Masseduction in its entirety, 13 songs played in the same order as the album. Singles like “Los Ageless” and “New York” were sung along with the entire crowd. Overall the show was a clear hit with the diverse audience packed into the Observatory and everything about the show from the highly produced visuals, to the sound, costume and lights were amazing. St. Vincent will appear soon at the annual Coachella Music Festival on Friday April 13th, and by all indications it will be a show not to be missed.
Tuck and Patti Photo Gallery
St. Vincent Photo Gallery