By – Kristi Houk
Because of slim pickings this week, we are taking a look back at St. Vincent’s impressive, ambitious debut album, Marry Me released on Beggars Banquet Records sixteen years ago in 2007. It’s an important record for many reasons but, for me, the intrigue lies in its often overlooked Birmingham connection. Call it pride.
The album was recorded, produced, engineered, and mixed here in Birmingham by St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Daniel Farris and Brian Teasley (percussion, too!). Teasley is the owner of the beloved local venue, Saturn, where Farris also serves as head sound engineer.
I hadn’t listened to Marry Me in a couple years, but after a deep dive this week, I was struck by how lush it still sounds. I’m not sure records are still made with such care and precision. You can hear it immediately on the opening track “Now, Now” with the unlikely combination of a precarious guitar, sweet melodic vocals, and the push and pull of the drums and bass. I love how Teasley knows exactly when to strike on percussion. Slightly off-kilter, like it shouldn’t work, but it does— ingeniously. The track could thrive on Laurie Anderson’s Strange Angels and the song’s outro is reminiscent of The Beatles classic, “A Day in the Life.”
On another favorite, “Your Lips Are Red” there’s a lot to wrap your head around musically. It’s a mini opus, really. Clark, a bona fide guitar shredder, slays here and the interplay between Clark’s vocals and the drums is intoxicating. It’s an unsettling track that deescalates into this beautiful wash of guitar chords. Sublime.
Marry Me launched Clark’s solo career and I like knowing that a couple of talented hidden geniuses from Birmingham helped birth this record into the world.
You can find more about St. Vincent HERE
You can buy Mary Me at your favorite local record store, or in Birmingham ONLY AT SEASICK RECORDS
Mary Me can also be streamed on any of your favorite streaming services
Written by: jamric
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