St. Vincent finds melancholy ‘At the Christmas party’ in the best Christmas carol of 2021

The best Christmas carol of the year isn’t on a Christmas album. It’s St. Vincent’s “..At the Holiday Party,” a track from their album “Daddy’s Home,” which takes a look at the other side of the seasonal festivities – that feeling of being alone in the crowd and trying to be one to put up a festive mood while leading a life of silent desperation. It’s a song for anyone who actually loses their shit in the midst of people worrying about tracking their lost broadcasts …

“It had to be a Christmas party in any case. That’s when people really drink and stuff, “says Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, of the song with diversity. The type of encounter described in “… at the Christmas party” could theoretically take place at any time of the year, but a Christmas party is “a completely different feeling, I think. Because the season is particularly reflective, when it is melancholy it is extra melancholy. We’re not talking about a Rose Day summer soiree here. We’re talking about the cold outside, at the end of the year – “What have you done? What are you doing next year? ‘”

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The song’s narrator looks behind the facade of a friend who may be struggling with unfulfilled dreams and loneliness (“Are you still working on your script / Or are the lights off on Broadway?”) And whose Gucci wallet reveals self-medication content her face is working overtime to hide it.

“I was definitely on both sides,” says Clark. “I was certainly the girl who reveals herself through the things she tries to hide with all kinds of consumption. But I was also the person who saw that. Someone laughs and smiles, but you see this little crack. And you are like ‘Oooookai. I see you.’ So that I can write it ”from both sides.

The Greek chorus of female background vocals that St. Vincent uses throughout the “Daddy’s Home” album culminates here when they sing, “You can’t hide, you can’t hide from me.” Clark had a model in mind how the song should shine with this chorale, even if your song is a little warmer and more hopeful in the end than its classic rock template.

“For me it was kind of a feminine version of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ for 2021. That was, in a way, an ode to the Stones,” she says.

Listen to the track above and read the lyrics below. And may human connections be all the Christmas opium the masses need.

At the Christmas party
Red wine lip a little early
Memories made us laugh
That’s when I saw your face crack
Smiles and smoke and screens
Your Gucci handbag a pharmacy
Pretend you have these things
So nobody sees that you don’t get
Don’t get what you need
You can’t hide from me

Are you still working on your script
Or did the lights go out on Broadway?
Think about whether you can just keep turning
You will not miss what you have missed so far
Pills and juuls and speed
Your little handbag a pharmacy
And hide behind these things
So nobody sees that you don’t get
Don’t get what you need, need
Need, need
You can’t hide, you can’t hide from me

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