Word of a new St. Vincent-produced album from the Northwest rock greats had the indie-rock world abuzz Tuesday morning.
The new year is still young, but we can say with 100 percent certainty (don’t jinx it, dude) that 2019 will suck decidedly less than the previous 12 months.
The reason for our optimism came in a Tuesday morning tweet from Sleater-Kinney, the Northwest riot grrrl greats capable of leveling mountains and patriarchal systems with the strike of their twin guitars. Around this time last year we learned that the Olympia-born, Portland-based band was working on a new record, though beyond that details were slim. Thanks to a new in-studio pic blasted from the band’s social media channels, we now know that the album is being produced by fellow indie-rock hero St. Vincent.
“We always planned on getting back in the studio — it was just a matter of when,” Carrie Brownstein told NPR. “If there is an overarching theme to this album, it’s that the tools on which we were relying proved inadequate. So we sought new ones, both metaphorically and literally.”
The forthcoming record from the indie dream team, which some fans have already dubbed “St. Sleater,” should apparently drop sometime this year through Sub Pop. It marks the band’s first new studio album since 2015’s “No Cities to Love,” the highly acclaimed record that snapped a decade-long hiatus. In 2017, Sleater-Kinney released a sterling live album, “Live in Paris.”
St. Vincent (née Annie Clark) has earned heaps of critical praise for her own work, including 2017’s “Masseduction,” which she reworked into stripped-down piano versions for last year’s “MassEducation.” While not necessarily known as a producer, Clark helmed the boards for a children’s album by her aunt and uncle, Tuck & Patti.
It’s unclear how exactly the renowned artists hooked up or when exactly the album will emerge. But in the meantime, you can catch Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss performing with her side project Slang (also featuring former Thermals bassist Kathy Foster) at Timbrrr! Music Festival in Leavenworth this month and Feb. 23 at Clock-Out Lounge.