St Vincent—aka Annie Clark—has shared a cover of the Beatles’ “Martha My Dear,” performed for the Ally Coalition’s 7th Annual Talent Show to raise funds for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in the US.
On the stripped-back rendition of the 1968 White Album cut, Clark utilizes a sparse guitar accompaniment that allows her vocals to truly shine as she glides effortlessly between a husky baritone and a delicate falsetto. “Martha, my love / Don’t forget me / Martha, my dear,” she sings.
The virtual show was live-streamed via her collaborator Jack Antonoff’s Twitch channel, and also featured appearances by Hayley Williams, Lana Del Rey and more.
“I was so honored and happy to be involved with the Ally Coalition (Taking Action for LGTBQ Equality) Benefit!” said Clark via the YouTube description of the cover. “The other performances were amazing and thank you to Jack Antonoff for making the whole thing happen. He is the best. Lots of love and happy holidays.”
Clark kicked off the year with an appearance at the 2020 Art of Elysium Gala in Los Angeles, performing alongside surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, touring guitarist Pat Smear, Beck and Grohl’s daughter Violet. Earlier this month, Clark confirmed that she has a new album ready for release next year.
The rumors are true. New record “locked and loaded” for 2021. Can’t wait for you to hear it.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) December 15, 2020
Listen to St Vincent’s cover of “Martha My Dear” below: