St. Vincent has announced a stripped-down, piano-based version of her 2017 album Masseduction entitled MassEducation. The 12-song album is due for release on 12 October through Loma Vista Recordings.
According to a release, it was recorded live in the studio over two nights in August 2017 at Electric Lady Studio while the singer was mixing the original album. “MassEducation lays bare the exquisite songcraft of its other half,” reads the release, which also notes that the songs were performed by Annie Clark on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano, with the singer describing the refashioned versions as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City.”
Clark and Bartlett (aka Doveman) premiered the spare arrangements during two intimate shows at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on 2 October and London’s Cadogan Hall on 4 September. Following the release of ‘Slow Slow Disco’ Clark also released the spare, spooky album cut ‘Savior.’ You can hear the latter below, during which Clark sings about playing bedtime dress-up to a soundtrack of plucked and muted piano strings, which give way to a gentle chorus of “Then you say, ‘Pleeeaase’” featuring full piano playing.
In a personal note to fans, Clark described the sessions as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City… Through him, I found ‘My people, the freaks and others,’ I owe my most transcendent nights and exquisite hangovers to his company.”
In addition, St. Vincent is about to play a series of full band shows during October. The dates begin at Stubb’s Waller Creek Ampitheater in Austin, Texas, on 5 October and conclude at the Hollywood Palladium on 29 October. See the artist’s website for more details.
MassEducation includes the following tracks:
‘Fear the Future’
‘Happy Birthday, Johnny’
‘Hang On Me’.