St. Vincent's On The Cover of Spin This Month, Talking Fears and Texas Rangers Baseball.
It's perfect timing -- as gracing the cover of a magazine tends to be -- given that Clark's got a new, produced-right-here-in-Dallas-by-John-Congleton album on the way: Strange Mercy, the follow-up to her 2009 Actor breakthrough, is due out in less than a month, earning its 4AD release on September 13. About a month later -- on Sunday, October 23 -- she'll be back here in her hometown for a gig at Oak Cliff's Kessler Theatre.
But on to the bigger question: When was the last time a Dallas product got on the cover of a major music magazine? (Spare us the lecture on the death of print media and/or whether Spin is a major music magazine, please.)
No, seriously. Can't remember. Edie Brickell? That's Wilonsky's guess. Anyone else got an idea?
I digress: In addition to the cover, there's six pages dedicated to Miss Clark. Our favorite part's right up at the front, though -- when Clark explains how heading out to Arlington to catch a Texas Rangers game helped formulate her songwriting future. The piece doesn't appear to be online just yet, so take a quick look at a tiny excerpt from the Julie Klausner-penned piece after the jump.
[Clark] was at a Texas Rangers game, not far from where she grew up. Around the second inning, she caught a glimpse of the sky where it met the end of the stadium bleachers, like a horizon line.Freaky.
"I remember looking at the sky and thinking that the universe is so big and it's all chaos," she tells me 18 years later on a hot July afternoon in downtown Manhattan. "I call it 'the dark fear.' At any moment, the dark fear could come in."