In 2011, Annie Clark performed songs from her then-forthcoming album as St. Vincent, Strange Mercy, opposite the ruins of an Egyptian temple. Although synths and keyboards had factored into each of St. Vincent’s prior albums, this one was different; a More Intelligent Life review of the show said the use of synths “marked a significant turn in her sound” (indeed, her live sample wizard Daniel Mintseris has been with the band ever since). It’s only fitting to remember St. Vincent’s going-electronic moment in the relics of an ancient religion — she had been supposed to perform on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York but had to settle for this famed exhibit as storms threatened — on hearing “Bad Believer,” a bristling synth-pop salvo about the church. It’s the first of four new songs from the February 9 deluxe edition of last year’s St. Vincent, an album that delves further into the digital. This song’s disillusioned theme and jackhammering snare thwacks almost hark back toward “Terrible Lie”-era Nine Inch Nails, but bell-like peals and an angelic, church-organ breakdown suggest a more nuanced break from tradition. “Give me life,” Clark implores, and then we have more of the wriggling tones that instrumental-music purists might years ago have decried as lifeless.
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