Today we got news from two of the most anticipated albums of the year: the next outings from St. Vincent and Taylor Swift. (Separately, of course.)
Up first, Annie Clark. In an interview with Nick Paumgarten for The New Yorker, Clark said that her new album is “all about sex and drugs and sadness.” Paumgarten says the album will be out this fall, but Clark publicly won’t say when or what it’s called. However, Paumgarten was allowed to reveal that indie-friendly super producer Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote and co-produced Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Lorde’s Melodrama, is working with Clark on the LP.
Clark also shared some of the album’s lyrics with Paumgarten:
There’s a song on the new album called “Pills.” “Pills to grow, pills to shrink, pills, pills, pills and a good stiff drink / pills to fuck, pills to eat, pills, pills, pills down the kitchen sink.” (As it happens, those lines are sung by Delevingne, who will be credited, for the benefit of the British gossip press, as an underground sensation named Kid Monkey.)
One day, during a mixing session at Electric Lady, Clark told me that her favorite lyric on the album was “Teen-age Christian virgins holding out their tongues / Paranoid secretions falling on basement rugs.” Later, she texted me to say that her favorite was actually “ ‘Remember one Christmas I gave you Jim Carroll / intended it as a cautionary tale / you said you saw yourself inside there / dog-eared it like a how-to manual.’ Cause Christmas—carol—Emanuel.” That’s from a song about a hard-luck old friend or lover named Johnny, who hits the singer up for money or support. “You saw me on movies and TV,” she sings. “Annie, how could you do this to me?” I asked her one day who Johnny was.
“Johnny’s just Johnny,” she said. “Doesn’t everyone know a Johnny?”
Earlier this year, St. Vincent shared a piano ballad called “New York”.
Then we get to Taylor Swift, who is being very extra with her social media rollout of what everyone is assuming is an album announcement. First, she completely wiped out her social media accounts, creating a “Blank Space,” if you will, for new material. Today she uploaded the first piece of new material: this strange, heavily edited footage of a rattlesnake. Check it out.