The number of musicians who’ve used New York as their inspiration is too great to count, and has led to some utterly gorgeous pieces of art—“Rhapsody in Blue,” anyone?—along with, well, some real stinkers. (The less said about “Welcome to New York,” the better.)
Happily, St. Vincent’s “New York” falls into the former category. The song itself, an elegy to a lost love, references all sorts of NYC spots, including First Avenue, Eighth Avenue, and Astor Place—the latter surely inspired the visual above, which we’re willing to bet has happened at the Cube at least once. Its video is a vibrant, quirky counterpart to the song’s mournfulness; it’s also chock-full of New York references, from the Cube to a bodega to the “Gateway to Soho” public art on the corner of Broadway and Houston Street.
Director Alex Da Corte said in a statement (h/t Pitchfork) that “Annie’s New York is the New York of my dreams—one that is blurry and fractured, dreamy and flat. It is the Toontown to my Hollywood. It is beautiful but slightly out of reach.”
Check out the full video below: