, aka Annie Clark, created her own guitar line in collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man back in 2015, and now she is announcing the new 2017 signature collection. One guitar even being named after David Bowie
. I mean, she was sweet before, but this is an extra awesome thing that she's doing. Now, she's getting more people interested in playing guitar, or giving guitarists extra inspiration. But just in general, she's the most killer guitarist and role model. And kind of a total babe. In light of the new collection, we've decided to talk about why we love her so much. Here are a few reasons.
1. Her Shredding
After listening to her albums on repeat, she has clearly proven herself to be an absolute shredder.
"Surgeon" is one of my favorites from her, and has a fucking awesome guitar solo that closes out the song - but that's just one example of when she's shredded. Every single one of her albums shows off her extraordinary talent, but for people just getting to know her, give Strange Mercy
a few spins.
2. Her Stage Presence
Clark takes over any stage that she is on. She has an amazing ability to completely embody any song that she is playing, whether it be standing completely still and letting the slow synth lines really give power when necessary, or screaming her heart during moments of intensity.
3. Her Concepts
What I've always loved about Clark's albums and songs is that they always had a greater concept behind them, and that she was never out to simply make songs, but make poignant messages that resonate through both her music videos and performances. "Digital Witness" is a fantastic example of her disillusionment with people becoming slaves to their phones, and the internet age in general. And she turns this idea into a catchy song that's just weird enough to let you know that there is a deeper meaning behind it.
4. Her Boldness
During the self-titled album era in 2015, she changed up her look completely to embody a being entirely outside of herself, in order to parody the ironic attitudes of the digital age. A lot of people didn't get it. Fully dedicated, she risked damaging her beautiful curls with bleached white and then grey hair, played up her outfits, and even incorporated choreography into her shows.
5. Her Jawline
Like holy shit.
6. Her Honesty to Herself
Most of all though, Clark has always made the music that she has wanted to make. She has never catered to anybody else. She attended Berklee College of Music and then dropped out soon after, because the type of music they were doing there wasn't something she was super passionate about. She wanted to make music like of some of her favorite artists of the grunge boom of the early 90s. And even with the shredding work being influenced by those artists, at the end of the day, you can still recognize a St. Vincent song as purely unique to her, because she always made the music that she has wanted to make, even if people didn't "understand it."