“I’m so glad I came,
but I can’t wait to leave.”
— St. Vincent, Slow Disco
Inarguably one of the rawest songs on MASSEDUCTION, Slow 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.