Cool. As. Fuck.
Andy Hill
13:56 7th June 2018

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Cerebral, guitar-toting, art-rock goddess St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark – performed an ice-cool rendition of her new tune reworking ‘Fast Slow Disco’ on excessively punctuated BBC music showcase Later… With Jools Holland last night.

Clever clogs among you will have spotted the title and lyrics bear an uncanny resemblance to ‘Slow Disco’ off her MASSEDUCTION album. That’s because it’s an uptempo reworking apparently, at least a bit, inspired by Taylor Swift.

I feel like Taylor was like, ‘You should make this a pop song’.” Clark told Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 show. She debuted the new version at Coachella, as you do.

Anyway, here it is, this is how you do it kids:

In an interview with Pitchfork earlier this year, St. Vincent said the tune began as a collaboration with Joy Williams, one half of easy-on-the-eye folk duo Civil Wars. 

“Years ago I was going to write a song for one of Joy’s solo albums,” says Clark.

“I had this melody saved up in my iPhone. I had the line ‘I’m so glad I came but I can’t wait to leave,’ and we kicked things around in a room for a little bit. We didn’t finish it, and she didn’t end up using it, but that line had really stuck with me—it’s about how the life you’re actually living and the life that you should be living are running parallel, and how one haunts the other.”

Y’know, like that movie with the sliding doors. 

“So I gutted the song and rewrote all the words. But I also wanted to be respectful of Joy’s contribution to the start of the it.”

So know you know.

Honestly, that guitar sound tho.

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