St. Vincent’s Latest Single ‘Pills’ Is A Jittery Pop Dissection Of Addiction Culture

Editorial Director, Music

St. Vincent’s new album MASSEDUCTION will be out this Friday, and in advance of that she’s shared the jittery pop dissection “Pills,” a wry condemnation of the way America uses medication for practically every conceivable reason. In the lead up to her new album, the woman behind St. Vincent, Annie Clark has done a pretty fair job of eviscerating the media who seek to cover her, mocking journalists and their questions with staged, stiff interviews, with a former flame, the one and only Carrie Brownstein.

However, the first two singles off the record would soothe any wounded pride that might have ensued from those rather scathing, holier-than-thou shenanigans. “Los Ageless” doesn’t pull any punches either, though, critiquing LA’s “forever young” plastic surgery and false front culture. “New York” is at least a bit more tender, but still includes the searing expletive “motherf*cker” to keep it cutting edge.

As for “Pills,” it has an all-star backing cast, Cara Delevingne (credited as “Kid Monkey” here) and Jenny Lewis on background vocals and jazz virtuoso Kamasi Washington on saxophone. It’s a sexy, technicolor takedown of addiction culture, that melts into a final, slow and sweet epilogue. Listen to it above and look for her fifth album MASSEDUCTION out this week via Loma Vista.

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