“Digital Witness,” the second single from St. Vincent’s forthcoming self-titled album, questions the concept of identity in the selfie era. For the accompanying video, directed by Chino Moya, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark updates Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. It keeps the lockstep drudgery and synchronized movements, but adds bright, pastel colors. The result is a layer of optimism, in tune with the song’s funky horn riffs, amid Clark’s surreal future world.
“I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral,” Clark said last year. “I knew the groove needed to be paramount.” The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist recorded her new album in Dallas with Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss and Midlake percussionist McKenzie Smith. John Congleton (the Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse) returned as producer after helming two of St. Vincent’s previous albums, Actor in 2009 and Strange Mercy in 2011.
St. Vincent’s new album arrives on February 25th – the same day she begins an extensive U.S. tour at New York’s Terminal 5.