ST. VINCENT – KROKODIL
I always related with the nameless narrator of Fight Club when he discovered his power animal was the penguin. In a fight I’m pretty sure I’d just say “slide” and slip away on my belly. But Annie Clark, with her whimsical Kindergarten teacher persona, must have a foaming Cujo buried inside her. On the new track Krokodil she breathes fire, rocketing through power chords and wailing through animalistic lyrics like “I need to bite”. Who’d ‘a thunk she had it in her? Definitely not me. Especially considering my introduction to St. Vincent was 2009′s Now Now, a song that could easily camouflage itself in Treehouse television. But Krokodile is the real deal, with guitars reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age’s Sick Sick Sick, and vocals channeling Karen O at her most possessed. Even my penguin would jump in the mosh pit for this one.