Over the years, the performances on long running show Saturday Night Live have been a mixed bag of amazing and terrible. With the show’s return to a normal schedule however, the sets from performers have been better than in many spaces. Over the weekend St. Vincent stopped by the show to deliver two of her latest singles “Pay Your Way In Pain” and “The Melting of The Sun” from her upcoming album Daddy’s Home. Though the album isn’t out until May, the performances shed a light on the energy within as both songs sounded amazing in this setting.
On “Pay Your Way In Pain” St. Vincent is backed by a full band and backup singers. Donning a seventies pantsuit, the artist sways and moves to the synthesized sounds. Her vocals meet the backup singers perfectly with an ease s she belts out in moments and steers above the music. The performance offers the artist up with an unassuming gaze as she leads the stage with power and pure artistry.
For the performance of “The Melting of The Sun” St. Vincent is just accompanied by an organist and the backup singers as she sits in a chair with a guitar. Wearing a fur coat and these massive pearls and punk dress, she swoons while playing the guitar. As the rest of her backing band comes into focus, the seventies a.m. radio touches of the song come into your ears and you welcome the throwback tones. St. Vincent sounds at her best here whether she’s belting out vocals or wailing on the guitar, the performance offers a relaxed quality to performing while checking every box you want checked.
Both songs can be seen above or on YouTube. The songs can be heard wherever you stream music. Daddy’s Home can be preordered directly from Loma Vista Recordings ahead of its May 14 release date. St. Vincent is scheduled to perform at the Life Is Beautiful Festival September 17-19 in Las Vegas, NV.
Image Credits: Photo by Zachery Michael.