Single Review: St Vincent – Bad Believer

Not content with giving us the standout album of 2014, St Vincent has treated us to a new single in the first month of the new year.

Often described as avant garde (a term I don’t like as it suggests ‘art for art’s sake’) I would describe St Vincent’s music more as a sort of ‘warped pop’ and I think that description fits Bad Believer more than most.

An exhilarating mix of frantic beats and trademark fuzzy guitar and synth, the song wastes no time in getting straight into the chorus. And it’s all over in 3 minutes. There’s still time for a breakdown though, containing a sound I can only describe as a Wurlitzer organ that strangely doesn’t sound out of place.

Maybe a leftover from last year’s album which didn’t quite fit, but a welcome one all the same.

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