“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!
India McCarty is a music journalist from Charleston, SC. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Belmont University, where she was a frequent contributor to the school newspaper, The Belmont Vision. She has been published by Soundigest, Bandtwango and TheThings.com. She loves pop music, and is always on the lookout for new artists and songs that experiment with the genre.