Grittiness, grizzle, bass, but then soft and silky vocals and strings. A strong beat, a floating sleepy emotion in the voice; these are the types of oppositional combinations that St. Vincent loves to play around with. It’s a tough challenge she takes on, but she does it fearlessly, and is usually successful. And sometimes she gets it just right, such as with “Year of the Tiger”, which is actually the last track on her very brand new album Strange Mercy.
Notice the interaction between the representative and subtle cello line, with the wandering violin, and the more walking acoustic guitar riffs during the verses. It’s a wonderful resulting sound, which is made even more poignant by it being taken away by the gritty bass and kick drum, only to wallow it’s way back.