St. Vincent's 'Daddy's Home' Draws Inspiration from New York City In The 70s : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this episode of World Cafe, St. Vincent dives into the personal story and cultural influences behind Daddy's Home.

On 'Daddy's Home,' St. Vincent Lives Her 1970s New York Fantasy

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  • St. Vincent, "Pay Your Way In Pain"
  • St. Vincent, "...At The Holiday Party"
  • St. Vincent, "Down"
  • St. Vincent, "Candy Darling"
  • Steely Dan, "Fire In The Hole"
  • St. Vincent, "Daddy's Home"
  • St. Vincent, "The Melting Of The Sun"

Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent, is famously meticulous in the design and execution of her work. Each album is wildly imaginative, with its fleshed out characters and expansive worldbuilding. But what served as the inspiration for her latest album, Daddy's Home, was closer than usual — her father, who served nine years in prison for stock fraud, was finally released.

In this episode of World Cafe, St. Vincent dives into the story, the record's other sonic and thematic influences — New York City in the 1970s, Steely Dan, a guitar she received from Jack Antonoff — and more.

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