Annie Clark's excellent third St. Vincent album, Strange Mercy, represents a full realization of the sounds she's been tinkering with since her debut, Marry Me. Where this record differs greatly is in its approach, which partially stems from how it came together. As she tells NPR, she wrote a majority of the material while spending some time alone in Seattle. It was an artistic retreat, if you will, that would result in one of our favorite albums of the year. So it's with that in mind that we're excited to hear her plays some of its finest tracks, including "Cheerleader" and "Cruel," live on NPR's World Cafe. Head over there to listen.