An Evening with an Album, June 12, features St. Vincent

From a press release:

An Evening with an Album features St. Vincent

The June An Evening With An Album, to be held on June 12th in Asheville, NC, will explore the entirety of Strange Mercy by St Vincent, with proceeds benefitting The Bob Moog Foundation.  An Evening with an Album is the brainchild of a group of local audiophiles who share an interest in creating community through intentionally listening to selected albums that are artistically and culturally significant. The third solo album by guitarist Annie Clark, Strange Mercy is the most complete representation of Clark’s virtuosity and her experimentation.

Clark took the stage name St Vincent when she began her solo career in 2007; she said the name comes from a reference to Dylan Thomas’s death in the Nick Cave song “There She Goes my Beautiful World.”  St Vincent (hospital) is “the place where poetry goes to die, and that’s me,” Clark has said, but that’s hardly true: lyrically, and more importantly sonically, St Vincent’s music is fragilely poetic – full of exploration, discovery, and syntactic and instrumental forays into unique places.  On the closing track “Year of the Tiger,” for example, over sparse drums, synths and the strumming of an acoustic guitar, Clark sings “Italian shoes like these rubes know the difference/ Suitcase of cash in the back of my stick-shift,” only moments later to flood the soundscape with pedal-heavy chunking guitars and her lush voice crooning, “Oh America, can I owe you one?”

Clark has said in interviews that she treats her guitar as another voice to be played with, and her electric guitar pedal board has myriad effects with which she creates diverse and often un-guitar-like sounds.  Across the whole of Strange Mercy is evidence of her sonic experimentation, aligning perfectly with Bob Moog’s legacy of pushing musical boundaries in the creation of new electronic sound.

An Evening With an Album builds community around the shared experience of listening intentionally to an album that is culturally and/or artistically significant. By hearing an album in its entirety in the presence of each other and discussing that music together, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and develop deeper community connections.  Held on the second Thursday of every month at 6pm, An Evening with an Album takes place in Zabriskie Hall on the campus of The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.  Beer, wine and light fare is served.  A suggested donation of $10 per person benefits The Bob Moog Foundation, a local non-profit organization created to carry the inventor’s legacy forward to future generations.

The Bob Moog Foundation honors the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog through its mission of igniting creativity at the intersection of music, history, science, and innovation. Its projects include Dr. Bob’s Sound School, a nine-week curriculum teaching the science of sound through the magic of music, the Archive Preservation Initiative, an effort to preserve and protect an extensive and historic collection of archival materials that help tell the history of electronic music genre, and a future museum where the first two initiatives will converge. The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent, donor-driven 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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