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“Best finest surgeon, come cut me open.”

At about 2 minutes 40 seconds you are entirely likely to lose your shit as ‘Surgeon’, the opening track from St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy descends into some kind of live band dubsteppy funk hybrid. Then there’s the absolutely uncharacteristic OTT synth solo. The first 180 seconds weren’t bad either, finding Annie Clark operating in an atmospheric dream like state punctuated by bass signifying notes and odd riffs. I swear it channels Steely Dan at one point.

MP3: St. Vincent – ‘Surgeon’

Strange Mercy is released on September 9th (12th UK / 12th US).


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