cara delevingne secretly features on st. vincent's new album
On a song about mental health and prescription meds.
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This article was originally published by i-D US.
When Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) recently dropped a new song called New York, fans speculated if it was about Cara Delevingne. The evidence is twofold: the lyrics are not definitely not about Cara, and she once appeared to serenade her then-girlfriend with the song while dressed as a giant pink toilet. Most lesbian gossip forums remain divided on the origin story of New York, but should be very pleased to learn that Cara isn't absent from Annie's new album altogether. In fact the model-turned-actress has actually contributed vocals to a track named Pills. She's credited as an "underground sensation" named Kid Monkey, because Clark anticipates that at least one copy of her post-breakup album will be copped by a tabloid writer.
"There's a song on the new album called Pills," Clark explained in a profile for the New Yorker, before reciting Cara's lines: "Pills to grow, pills to shrink, pills, pills, pills and a good stiff drink / pills to fuck, pills to eat, pills, pills, pills down the kitchen sink." The emotional song is about Clark's struggles with mental health and medication. "I was trying to hold on," Clark recalled. "I didn't have coping mechanisms for tremendous anxiety and depression. I was trying to get through pharmaceutically." Pills sounds pretty representative of the album as a whole, which Clark says is "all about sex and drugs and sadness." Cara has been very open about her own history of depression and dependence on medication, making the collaboration a doubly powerful one.