She may have been born in Oklahoma and be based out of Brooklyn these days, but Annie Clark still calls Dallas home. So it's fascinating to see the singer and master shredder, who recently got her own signature Ernie Ball guitar and popped up onstage at a Taylor Swift concert, make a visit to Marfa in a new mini-documentary produced by the folks at Nowness. The best part, in fact, is to see her be a total goofball.
Clark, better known to most as St. Vincent, has developed a serious — and seriously artsy — persona in recent years, with the stage show for last year's Grammy-winning St. Vincent going full-on theater with elaborate costumes and choreographed dance moves. But in the new short film, called St. Vincent: Lone Star and directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, she reminds us that deep down she just likes to have fun. For example, she might take a rental car off road or stage a bizarre dance recital at a minor league baseball game.
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The four-minute film does an excellent job of contrasting Clark's playful side with some of her own insights into her creative process, all set against the stark backdrop of rural Texas — including a recreation of the nude walk on her ranch that inspired the song "Rattlesnake." "If you're really tuned in, you can feel people just heaping their emotions on you," she says of playing live music, right after a surreal scene of her singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." "It's just the best thing. Like it's the best thing; it's the best thing to feel connected."
Even today, when she's not playing music (all four St. Vincent records have been recorded in Dallas), Clark says she can connect with herself when she's back in Texas. "Texas is just home," she says. "You could just exist — which is sometimes sort of scary, but you can just be here."
Check out the film below: