Music Video of the Week: St. Vincent, “Digital Witness”

It's a party record you can play at a funeral!

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Earlier this month, St. Vincent (also known as Annie Clark) released “Digital Witness,” the second single from her forthcoming self-titled fourth album. For the accompanying music video, Clark teamed up with director Chino Moya to update Fritz Lang’s classic silent film Metropolis.

In the video, Clark stands in for Metropolis’ automaton, complete with mechanized movements — all geometric lines and robotic stare. But where Lang’s world is all moody black-and-white, Clark and Moya paint a surreal, pastel-hued future soundtracked by St. Vincent’s funky, horn-infused dancey track.

“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 multi-instrumentalist and songwriter pulled it off with the help of Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss, Midlake percussionist McKenzie Smith and producer John Congleton. The tracks released thus far also seem to reflected the influence of her recent collaborations with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

St. Vincent’s new album arrives on Feb. 25th; she kicks off an extensive U.S. tour the same day.

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