Following the release of her new self-titled solo album, St. Vincent, Annie Clark stopped by The Colbert Report to chat and perform “Digital Witness” and “Birth In Reverse.”
Referring to Clark as “Vinny,” he asked her about her 2013 American Ingenuity Award for Performing Arts. “I was in a room full of Nobel Prize winners,” Clark responded. To which Colbert replied, “Is that why you have Einstein’s hair?”
He then asked about her Catholic upbringing and being from a big family. Colbert noted that he was one of 11 children and the two of them raced each other to see who could name their siblings the fastest.
Moving on to her album, Colbert asked if he can just enjoy her “art rock” music or if he has to “get it” first. “Are there concepts in here?” he asked, “Or can I just tap my feet and snap my fingers and still be a fan.”
“Well I think I’ve always tried to live at the intersection of accessibility and lunatic fringe," she told him. "I think there is some place in the middle of that Venn diagram. That's where I try to live and is the most interesting to me artistically.”
“So the intersection of Paxil and Prozac?” Colbert joked.
“Your album delves into themes of disconnectedness that one can feel during the modern digital age. Is that an accurate statement?” he asked her.
“Yeah I would say there’s some techno-shamanism going on,” she replied. “I think it’s interesting because we perform ‘ourselves’ in a myriad of ways. You’re wearing that suit, and I have this hair, and we’re sort of communicating things about ourselves in this sort of analog way. But we now have this other realm, which is the digital realm, to recreate ourselves and make ideal versions ourselves."
Check out the full interview and her two performances below. Let us know what you think in the comments section!