Nick’s Pick: “Fast Slow Disco”

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First, let me offer an apology. I haven’t posted in over a month. My sister graduated college in the middle of May. I spent the back half of the month moving to a new apartment. I still don’t have Wi-Fi in my new place. I will have a review of “Ye” and Father John Misty’s “God’s Favorite Customer” coming soon as well as a review of four recent shows I attended. While I get those together, here is a brief Nick’s Pick piece.

St. Vincent’s MASSEDUCTION was the singer-songwriters foray into pop. Some considered it trauma-pop surrounding Annie Clark’s break up with mega-model and actress Cara Delevingne. The album was supported by two singles the somber “New York” and the shredding “Los Ageless.” In the back half of the album’s tracklist was its true gem, the retching “Slow Disco.

Over half a year later, Clark has re-released the song as “Fast Slow Disco.” By adding a thumping house beat and a backing choir, the song claims new life as an actual dance-it-off disco track. “Fast Slow Disco” is not only feels an update of itself, but also an update of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” With The Life of Pablo, Kanye West proved to listeners that albums and songs can be living and evolving organisms. From “Slow” to “Fast,” Clark turns “Disco” away from her heartbreak and toward her progress.

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