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Alt-icon St. Vincent (Anne Clark) has finally unveiled her full 2024 album All Born Screaming, and Audacy's Kevan Kenney is joining her in studio on release day to talk about the making of the new collection and much more. Join us right here as we celebrate with St. Vincent during our Audacy Check In.

St. Vincent's seventh studio album and the follow up to 2021's Daddy's Home, officially arrives today, April 26, featuring the previously released singles "Flea," "Big Time Nothing," and "Broken Man." You can take a look at the full track listing below and pick up your copy NOW. Plus, grab your tickets for her upcoming supporting tour dates, on sale now.

Brought to life with the aid of a highly curated roster of friends — Rachel Eckroth, Josh Freese, Dave Grohl, Mark GuilianaCate Le Bon, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Warpaint's Stella Mogzawa, and David Ralicke — the album is “an unadulterated expression of St. Vincent’s singular vision.”

“The record is 41 minutes and 14 seconds…, I'm obsessed with all of it in terms of production and performance and all that stuff, but I knew that the master was perfect and that all the spaces in between the songs were perfect when it came back as a palindrome,” Clark explains. “41 minutes and 14 seconds. I was like, ‘OK, it is done.’ I love making records. I love the art form of a record… that's about what you want to spend, you know, 45 minutes, right around 45 minutes. That's kind of a digestible experience I think.”

Even the spaces in between songs help continue the story and world she’s created. “I think as a producer, every sound has to have a meaning and it has to matter,” she says. “It has to add up to the bigger meaning of the song -- and there's just nothing that is superfluous. There's no sound that's just there just to be there.”

Speaking of influences and some of her musical contemporaries, Clark says “I love things and records very deeply, but I might not know every single record of even my favorite artists. But I also have a couple of people in my life, heads like Questlove I'll hit up, or Justin Meldal-Johnsen if I need to know everything about Detroit House -- tell me everything Then I can get the real deal on these interesting subgenres of stuff.”

Any calmness that you may sense in Annie's tone she admits comes from “a level of brain meltedness, two weeks straight of rehearsals for putting the show on and it's full on just like psychedelic decision fatigue.” That being said, she does acknowledge that now that she has seven solo records under her belt, "I got to learn how to be a person while learning how to be a better artist, and because my career was sort of slow and steady, like every single record, some more people were paying attention... So, I never had the crazy young fame or anything that. That, I think, can sometimes stunt a person's emotional growth, so I'm just kind of like, 'Keep it simple,' right?"

“I'm just always trying to make music that is exciting to me that makes me feel something that matters, that's exactly about what's going on in my life at any given time and try to take all the chaos of life and put it into some kind of, I don't know, order in music and find out what I think and how I feel,” Clark adds. “I do that through music, so I have an outlet for it. But as far as critical acclaim…It's certainly nice to have, you know, be a sort of critical darling at times, but of course, that's gonna turn. The Sword of Damocles is just hanging over your head. They're going to have to, at some point, say you fell from grace and they're going to have to, again, at some point say you returned to form and you're back. That has nothing to do with me.”

St. Vincent's 2024 North American tour dates kick off in May, making stops in Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, NYC, Toronto, and more before wrapping up on September 20 in Minnesota. Openers will include MommaYves TumorSpoonDorian Electra, and Eartheater on select dates.

Don't miss our special Audacy Check In with St. Vincent right here on her All Born Screaming release day -- April 26 -- and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists on Audacy.com/Live.

St. Vincent - All Born Screaming tracklisting:
1. Hell Is Near
2. Reckless
3. Broken Man
4. Flea
5. Big Time Nothing
6. Violent Times
7. The Power's Out
8. Sweetest Fruit
9. So Many Planets
10. All Born Screaming (featuring Cate Le Bon)

Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Kevan Kenney

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