St. Vincent 'Cheerleader'

Surreal clip for new single from 'Strange Mercy'

Matthew Perpetua

St. Vincent's Annie Clark is a small, slender woman, so when the camera pulls back early in this clip to reveal her as a Gulliver-esque giant being gawked at in an enormous gallery, it's quite a surprise. The video plays on the audience's expectations of Clark's body and physicality, but it also delivers a striking visual metaphor for the pressure of being put on a pedestal, as she rises up only to break apart like an ancient statue.

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