Photo by Maria Jose Govea
Saturday night (Oct. 7), St. Vincent (a.k.a Annie Clark) took over the New York lot of Paramount Studios in Los Angeles for a colorful kickoff of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in Los Angeles. St. Vincent’s performance marked the third event of the inaugural LA festival following Rail Up: Mundial, Sounds from the African and Latinx Diaspora, and a conversation with Los Angeles punk legend Alice Bag on Friday night.
The rock star began her set with a black-drape shrouded stage as she unveiled more and more of her set with each song. She opened with classics from all four of her previous albums dating back to 2007 debut “Marry Me.” The musician moved clockwork around a blank stage devoid of spectacle besides her and her Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Signature guitars, giving the crowd packed onto faux New York city streets the chance to focus solely on her musicianship.
The second set of Fear the Future tour featured another 45 minutes of mostly never-heard-before material from her upcoming album “Masseduction.” St. Vincent was backlit with a screen of footage shot in conjunction with Red Bull Music Academy, some of which can be seen her videos for her singles “New York” and “Los Ageless.” The building fronts, with windows lit up in neon colors to match her pulsing videos, of New York in Hollywood bring together the two worlds of her triumphant new album. Clark lives in New York and partially worked on the album in Los Angeles with producer Jack Antonoff (Fun, Bleachers).
The Red Bull Music Academy event was also the debut of St. Vincent’s Fear the Future tour scheduled to run until December with stops in London, Paris, Berlin, Detroit, Brooklyn, and many other stops throughout Europe and the United States. The new tour is in support of her fifth studio album “Masseduction” due out Friday (Oct. 13) via Loma Vista Recordings. The album includes collaborations from indie favorite Jenny Lewis and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
The event was just the beginning of Red Bull Music Academy’s partnership with artists in Los Angeles. The festival, which runs throughout October, will have exclusive shows including an orchestra made up entirely of car stereos to highlight LA’s car culture and conversations with “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright and innovator Floria Sigismondi, whose work has ranged from Marilyn Manson videos to the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
St. Vincent’s Fear of the Future heads to London at the O2 Academy Brixton on Oct. 17 with additional dates here. For more information on special events and tickets for Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles go here.