“Pay Your Way In Pain” – Single Review
The song is a blast of throwback fun, from a jangling ragtime piano line intro, to a slinky Bowie-esque groove in the verses.
“Pay // your way in // pain,” she howls. “You got to // pray // your way in // shame.” The chorus is instantly singable, but the verses are slightly more complex. Each one has the artist telling us about different moments in a day that just wasn’t going her way.
“So I went to the park just to watch the little children // The mothers saw my heels and they said I wasn’t welcome,” she sneers, unbothered as she insists that we all have to pay our way in pain.
The track is a departure from St. Vincent’s typically more-polished sound, but a welcome one.
“It’s a tectonic shift,” she told Mojo. “I felt I had gone as far as I could possibly go with angularity. I was interested in going back to the music I’ve listened to more than any other – Stevie Wonder records from the early ’70s, Sly And The Family Stone. I studied at the feet of those masters.”
Her description of the album included references to “the colour palette of the world of Taxi Driver” and “Gena Rowlands in a Cassavetes film”.
The new album is reportedly dropping May 14.
Check out “Pay Your Way In Pain” here!