17 July 2010

St. Vincent Covers The National

Sometimes the most interesting art comes when no almost no one is watching.

Such was the case this past week in Lyon, France at a sound check when Annie Clark, a/k/a St. Vincent, took a run at The National's "Mistaken For Strangers." The song, from the Brooklyn-based band's album Boxer, has a prototypical haunting melody and word structure.

Fans will readily recognize the voice that joins in with Clark's after the first verse: that of Matt Berninger, lead singer and chief lyricist for The National.

St. Vincent is back in North American for some upcoming dates, including the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago tomorrow (18 July), the Calgary Folk Festival (24-25 July) and Central Park Summerstage in New York City (1 August).

The National returns to the continent on 27 July for a sold-out Celebrate Brooklyn! show with Beach House. The tour in support of High Violet continues with a few Europe/US criss-crosses at least through November of this year.

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