Hear St. Vincent's New Cara Delevingne-Backed Song "Pills"

Hear St. Vincent's New Cara Delevingne-Backed Song "Pills"

Hear St. Vincent's New Cara Delevingne-Backed Song "Pills"

St. Vincent's latest offering is a humorous and poignant commentary on a pill-addicted nation.

St. Vincent's latest offering is a humorous and poignant commentary on a pill-addicted nation.

Text: Christina Cacouris

As St. Vincent gears up to release her fifth full studio album this week, she dropped her third single off the upcoming Masseduction, which the singer has described as exploring a "dominatrix at a mental institution."

Featuring backup vocals by Cara Delevingne, the deceptively poppy "Pills" is a thinly-veiled commentary on a pill-addicted nation: "Pills to wake/Pills to sleep/Pills, pills, pills, every day of the week," goes the sugary pop refrain. It's no coincidence that the song was released on Mental Health Awareness Day (October 10). The song takes a poignant turn as the heavy synths slow down and give way to guitars, as if plucked straight out of Bowie's "Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (Reprise)." The singer calls out to the masses to join "the war" before warning: "Everyone you love will go away."

St. Vincent has been open about her own struggles with anxiety and depression. "I'm using the language of advertising to talk about a very personal story and also a uniquely American macro story about capitalism run amuck on mental health, and an opioid crisis as a result," she said last week.

Listen to "Pills" below. Masseduction is out October 13.

UP NEXT

Farfetch Is Selling 500 Gianni Versace-Era Pieces
Versace is reclaiming the fashion throne.