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St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”

When you’re a well-established musician, it can be difficult to surprise listeners and achieve success at the same time. St. Vincent’s self-titled record accomplishes that feat, and it’s in no small part due to “Digital Witness” – an expansive, artful pop masterpiece.

The lyrics are a scathing indictment of “the selfie age”: I can’t show it, if you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything?, and the song uses just about everything in its arsenal from a sonic perspective.  From the insanely infectious rhythm to the unprecedented prevalence of horns, the track immediately grabs your attention.  Annie Clark’s delivery is on-point, crafting one of the catchiest choruses in her entire discography with a layered and highly addictive vocal melody.  On top of that, the muted post-chorus (This is no time for confessing) adds yet another hook.  Basically, “Digital Witness” comes at listeners overflowing with insanely catchy qualities – from the instrumentals to the multiple melodic hooks – and it’s all wrapped up in a tidy three and a half minute package.

When I think of 2014, there’s no song that sticks out like this uniquely rhythm-driven pop song.  It’s telling that NPR ranked this as the #181 greatest song by a female or nonbinary artist in the 21st century.  Annie Clark is highly deserving of such recognition, and “Digital Witness” easily belongs on this decade list.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
06.04.19
Not much to say about this other than it's catchy as hell and an extremely well-constructed experimental pop song.

Papa Universe
06.04.19
for once, you get my seal of approval

SowingSeason
06.04.19
I can stop the list now, my goal of Papa's approval is achieved. ;-)

Papa Universe
06.04.19
cheers

Papa Universe
06.04.19
He said it. I will hold his feet to the fire. He must end the series now.
Y'all are our digital witnesses.

ProjectFreak
06.04.19
Happy Birthday Johnny >

Papa Universe
06.04.19
Happy Birthday Johnny =

SowingSeason
06.05.19
Johnny and Slow Disco were strong considerations

JohnnyoftheWell
06.05.19
V glad it was this and not HBJ, but there are so many Strange Mercy contenders that could just have easily have been here. Solid track in any case

Slex
06.05.19
Yeah Strange Mercy T/T for me but can’t go wrong w this one either really

Rowan5215
06.05.19
one day I'll convince just someone, somewhere, that Young Lover is her best song

Gyromania
06.05.19
great pick, my fave from the album

SowingSeason
06.06.19
She's one of those artists that is so consistent I could see like 10 or 12 of her songs being about equal at the top of her list of songs. This is just the one that always stuck out to me above the rest.

gryndstone
06.08.19
got me to listen to her, so i'd say yeah it's got some special quality to it

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