Shortly after leaving Berklee, Clark returned home to Texas where she joined The Polyphonic Spree just before their embarking on a European tour.Clark left The Polyphonic Spree and joined Sufjan Stevens' touring band in 2006, bringing with her a tour EP entitled Paris is Burning.
In 2008, after returning to New York from a lengthy tour, Clark began working on her second album.
Her inspiration reportedly came from several films, including Disney movies: "Well, the truth is that I had come back from a pretty long — you know, about a year-and-a-half of touring, and so my brain was sort of all circuit boards that were a little bit fried", Clark said.
In 2008, Clark was nominated for three PLUG Independent Music Awards: New Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.
On March 6, 2008, she won the PLUG Female Artist of the Year award.
The album was well received by critics, with Clark being compared to the likes of Kate Bush and David Bowie.
Clark was lauded for the album's musical arrangements as well as themes and style; in their review of the album, The AV Club noted: "There's a point where too much happiness turns into madness, and St.
In an interview with Julie Klausner for Spin Magazine, Clark recalled, "[Death Cab for Cutie drummer] Jason Mc Gerr had an office that was closing.
He offered me the space for a month, for all of October. I stayed at the Ace Hotel downtown, in one of the rooms with a shared bathroom.
A promotional music video for "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood," featuring Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (then of Thunder Ant), was also filmed.
In November 2010, Clark appeared alongside American rappers Kid Cudi and Cage, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, to perform "Maniac", from Cudi's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Clark spent much of her time in Seattle writing her third album, Strange Mercy, in October 2010.
Additionally, her track "The Strangers" was sampled by Kid Cudi on the song "MANIAC" for his 2010 album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. In 2015, she performed with Wire in Chicago, as part of the band's Drill Festival.