When St. Vincent debuted her latest monitor, “The Melting of the Sun,” on Saturday Night Live on April 3, she sat the portrait of a ‘70s celebrity in a heavy fur coat and a glittering white and pink gown along with her electrical guitar in hand. Though it was visually beautiful, there was a young, haunting high quality to the efficiency that lay simmering simply beneath its floor. A mixture of magnificence and tragedy concurrently.
That contradiction takes middle stage in track’s accompanying music video, which was launched on Wednesday (April 7). Part of the 38-year-old singer/songwriter’s upcoming album Daddy’s Home, which can be launched on May 14, the clip immediately suits in nicely with the album’s already clear aesthetic; it’s a boldly coloured, ‘70s-inspired happy-go-lucky dreamscape … or so it first seems.
Co-directed by St. Vincent and Bill Benz, the music video feels immediately paying homage to Schoolhouse Rock! because it blends old-school animation, with its brightly-hued backgrounds and cute character design, and reside efficiency collectively. Though it would initially carry again waves of childhood nostalgia, the video’s storyline slowly unveils a a lot darker facet of life that is by no means been seen earlier than in any beloved previous cartoons.
Instead, it tells the story of the group of heroines referenced within the track — together with Marilyn Monroe, Nina Simone, and Joni Mitchell — and compares the tales of gifted feminine artists and the underlying ache they skilled within the heyday of their leisure careers to the top of the world.
“It’s simply the melting of the solar / I wanna watch you watch it burn,” she sings. “We always knew this day would come / it’s just the melting of the sun.”
In March, St. Vincent advised Rolling Stone that the only was her ‘love letter’ to the feminine artists, particularly those talked about. “People tried to quiet them after they have been saying one thing that was righteous or true or onerous to listen to,” she mentioned. “[That song] in particular is a love letter to strong, brilliant female artists. Each of them survived in an environment that was in a lot of ways hostile to them.”