St. Vincent unveils 'MassEducation', a stripped down reworking of her latest LP 'MASSEDUCTION'
The bare, minimalist reworkings of the songs feature Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett on piano and St. Vincent on vocals.
Last year, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent unleashed her highly acclaimed album 'MASSEDUCTION'. Almost exactly a year later, the NYC-based indie rocker continues to showcase her versatility by reimagining her own music in a completely new light.
Cleverly titled 'MassEducation', (it's the same spelling as the original album with a subtle change in the stylized spelling), the album is a stripped-back, minimalist reinterpretation that spans 12 tracks and is out today (October 12) via Loma Vista Recordings.
MassEducation features the accompaniment of Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett on piano alongside St. Vincent’s own vocals — and nothing more. No drums, no guitars, no nothing!
The recording sessions for the reworked album took place in August of 2017 at New York’s Electric Lady studios while Annie Clark and Bartlett simultaneously mixed 'MASSEDUCTION'. The duo has performed these stripped-down versions of the songs on a select number of intimate performances, but news of the full album release only came last week.
The previously released single 'Slow Slow Disco' features on the album, although it's simply titled 'Slow Disco' on the tracklisting. The album was also previewed by a reworked version of 'Savior'. The order of the tracks has also been rearranged from the original album to better suit the mood and tempo of the new record.
In a handwritten note accompanying the album, St. Vincent described the upcoming album as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City.” About her time working with Bartlett, she said she owes her "most transcendent nights and exquisite hangovers to his company.”
In addition to the new album, St. Vincent has confirmed a few show dates in the US and Mexico. Stream 'MassEducation' below in its entirety, followed by the new tour dates.
St. Vincent Tour Dates:
Oct. 14 -- Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Oct. 19 -- Guadalajara, MX @ Tecate Coordenada
Oct. 20 -- Monterrey, MX @ Tecate Live Out
Oct. 29 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium