ANNIE CLARK, better known as St. Vincent, has partnered with international rock star/composer Yoshiki to craft a fresh version of her song ‘New York’, set for release August 28 through Loma Vista and Concord in association with Universal Music.
St. Vincent said: “It was an honor to work with the amazing Yoshiki on this new version of ‘New York’.
“Yoshiki’s arrangement added to the song in the way time or distance transform longtime friends or relationships: the original is still recognisable, but subtly and significantly altered.”
Yoshiki said: “As an artist, I admire how St. Vincent approaches music in an innovative and courageous way. Her music breaks the boundaries of genres, which is a mindset I can completely relate to.
“My band X Japan played the Coachella Festival in 2018 at the same time that St. Vincent performed, but at that time we didn’t meet. But this year, through mutual friends, we were introduced. In terms of ‘New York,’ it’s a great song to start with, and I’m grateful that she trusted me to fully rearrange the song with my classical approach.
“I hope St. Vincent’s fans enjoy it, and that my fans will too.”
This version has a more intimate feeling. The piano has been joined by swirling strings and the whole track simmers with an urgency that wasn’t in the original thanks to the added dynamics. Clark’s voice has much more body to it and sounds absolutely beautiful as it soars with the strings.
Check it out here: