Listen: St. Vincent and David Byrne preview “Who” and “Weekend in the Dust” from upcoming album “Love This Giant”
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne and Tulsa native St. Vincent are previewing two songs from their collaborative album “Love This Giant,” due out Sept. 11.
Fans can listen to “Who” and “Weekend in the Dust” at LTG.com or in the YouTube videos embedded below. But if you go to LTG.com, you can also pre-order “Love This Giant,” and if you do, you’ll get an immediate MP3 of “Weekend In The Dust.” The record is available for pre-order in three formats: digital download, CD and vinyl.
The album, which will be released worldwide by 4AD, was recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J.
The album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne, the Grammy and Oscar winner best known as the principal songwriter of the Talking Heads, and St. Vincent, the Tulsa-born singer/songwriter/guitarist also known as Annie Clark, co-writing 10 of the album’s 12 tracks. Each artist also penned one song individually.
The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming.
“There was no delineating what the roles were,” explains Clark in a news release. “It’s a collaboration I’m truly proud of.” The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
Byrne and Clark will launch a 24-date fall tour on Sept. 15 in Minneapolis. The tour includes three Texas dates in October but unfortunately no Oklahoma shows.
“We’ll be doing these songs and a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know, with a group that includes eight brass players, a keyboardist and a drummer,” says Byrne of the tour in the release.
Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the ‘Dark Was the Night’ benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them. Byrne performed with Clark at her “American Songbook” show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne’s “Here Lies Love album,” released the same year.