“Pay Your Way In Pain” – Single Review

India McCarty

St. Vincent is finally back! The artist just released “Pay Your Way In Pain,” the first single off her upcoming 7th album, Daddy’s Home.

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!