For a couple of weeks now, I haven't been able to get the phrase "paint the black hole blacker" out of my head, and it's all because of St. Vincent. The singer — actual name Annie Clark — releases her sophomore album, Actor, today, and that line comes from the ethereal first track, "The Strangers."
St. Vincent's music is intensely layered, with strings and horns swirling around Clark's pure, theatrical voice. In "The Strangers" in particular, there's something — an organ sound, maybe, or an oboe? — that reminds me of a Disney movie soundtrack, the part where the eventual heroine finds herself in great danger in a haunted forest and has to use her wits and charm to find her way back to safety.
I'll be curious to hear more from Actor today, but for now, you can check out "The Strangers" if you read more.