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And do it all over again." On July 4, Clark stated via Twitter that if enough followers tweeted the hashtag "#strangemercy", she would release a track from the album.
On July 22, after the threshold was met, she released "Surgeon" for download and streaming on her official website.
In 2008, after returning to New York from a lengthy tour, Clark began working on her second album.
Her inspiration reportedly came from several films, including Disney movies: "Well, the truth is that I had come back from a pretty long — you know, about a year-and-a-half of touring, and so my brain was sort of all circuit boards that were a little bit fried", Clark said.
to critical acclaim, with several publications putting St.
Vincent at the top of their year-end best album lists.
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On December 5, 2014, Clark received her first Grammy nomination for "Best Alternative Music Album" for St. Vincent, "Digital Witness (DARKSIDE Remix)", previously released as a single, and finally, "Pietà" and "Sparrow", which were originally released together on a limited edition 10" pink vinyl on November 28, 2014 for Record Store Day. Vincent released the lead single "New York" of her upcoming album.Shortly after leaving Berklee, Clark returned home to Texas where she joined The Polyphonic Spree just before their embarking on a European tour.Clark left The Polyphonic Spree and joined Sufjan Stevens' touring band in 2006, bringing with her a tour EP entitled Paris is Burning.The album was well received by critics, with Clark being compared to the likes of Kate Bush and David Bowie.Clark was lauded for the album's musical arrangements as well as themes and style; in their review of the album, The AV Club noted: "There's a point where too much happiness turns into madness, and St.Entertainment Weekly said the album "plays up the contrasts, [with Clark] letting her church-choir voice linger on lyrics that hint darkly at themes of violence, sex, and general chaos", and branded the album "a uniquely potent cocktail of sounds and moods". Although the album spawned no singles (except in the UK where "Actor Out Of Work" was issued as a 7" vinyl single), music videos for "Marrow" and "Actor Out of Work" were released, and aired on several music channels.A promotional music video for "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood", featuring Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (then of Thunder Ant), was also filmed.In November 2010, Clark appeared alongside American rappers Kid Cudi and Cage, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, to perform "Maniac", from Cudi's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Clark spent much of her time in Seattle writing her third album, Strange Mercy, in October 2010.In an interview with Julie Klausner for Spin Magazine, Clark recalled, "[Death Cab for Cutie drummer] Jason Mc Gerr had an office that was closing."So I started watching films as sort of a way to get back into being human.And then it started to just really inform the entire record." Spin gave the album eight out of ten stars, noting its "[juxtaposition of] the cruel and the kind, and here, the baroque arrangements are even more complex and her voice even prettier, with both only underlining the dark currents running through her songs".