Q INTERVIEW | St. Vincent on Strange Mercy

Annie Erin Clark, the singer and multi-instrumentalist known as St. Vincent, talks about her new album and the 'loneliness experiment' that inspired it.
Annie Erin Clark has released three albums as St. Vincent, including her latest, Strange Mercy. (4AD)

After a turbulent 2010, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Annie Erin Clark set herself to living alone for a month —unconnected from her cellphone and e-mail — so she could write.

The innovative electronic musician, who performs as St. Vincent, hid out in a hotel room in Seattle, a city where she knew no one. She composed new songs, with only her guitar for company.

The result is Strange Mercy, an album she describes as much more emotional and "closer to the heart" than her earlier work.

St. Vincent was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas before she joined The Polyphonic Spree collective and performed with Sufjan Stevens. Now based in New York, she made her solo debut with 2007’s Marry Me and followed with Actor in 2009.

In an interview with Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBCs Q cultural affairs show, Clark discussed the "loneliness experiment" that led to her new album and how she found her voice after being raised on country music.