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Watch St. Vincent and Orchestra Perform ‘Slow Disco’


Watch St. Vincent and Orchestra Perform ‘Slow Disco’

“I’m so glad I came,

but I can’t wait to leave.”

— St. Vincent, Slow Disco

Inarguably one of the rawest songs on MASSEDUCTIONSlow Disco was meant to be played with an orchestra. Of its meaning, the notoriously-until-MASSEDUCTION let’s-not-talk-about-song-meanings Annie Clark explains it, in an interview with Pitchfork, as: “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.”

I get that.

I get its lyrics and the feelings of isolation and alienation and being comfortable but not comfortable. I get the blood in ears and the fool in the mirror, and seeing St. Vincent perform it live twice and then this performance of it, I get it even more than I did first listen.

A couple of days ago, Annie posted a picture on Instagram of her and the orchestra, leaving me wondering. Excitedly. And dancing with a ghost, respectively. What was she up to? She’s played live shows with orchestras before, so I didn’t think we’d get to see it on video.

But now we have, and it’s wholly, beheartedly excellent.



A proudly queer, freelance music journalist, Em splits her time between Durham and London. When she's not at a gig, mouth-agape, she'll be camped outside of a Parisian bistro taking photographs of strangers. The little pleasures in life are the most meaningful to her: Her dog, family-and-extended, and Milkybar buttons. Her motto -- a snippet from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man -- is, "hope springs eternal."

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