St. Vincent & David Byrne

David Byrne & St. Vincent have confirmed the September 11 release of their album, ‘Love This Giant,’ to be released worldwide by 4AD under exclusive license from Byrne’s label Todo Mundo.* Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming. See below for complete tracklisting.

Byrne and Clark will launch a 24-date fall tour on September 15 in Minneapolis. “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,” s ays Byrne of the tour. See below for complete dates.

“There was no delineating what the roles were,” explains Clark of the recording. “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 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 C enter in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ album, released the same year. Stay tuned for more info on the album and tour.

‘Love This Giant’ Tracklist:
1. Who
2. Weekend in the Dust
3. Dinner For Two
4. Ice Age
5. I Am An Ape
6. The Forest Awakes
7. I Should Watch TV
8. Lazarus
9. Optimist
10. Lightning
11. The One Who Broke Your Heart (featuring The Dap-Kings and Antibalas)
12. Outside of Space & Time

David Byrne & St. Vincent Tour Dates:
</>9/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
9/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
9/18 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
9/23 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
9/25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
9/26 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
9/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
9/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park
9/30 – N. Bethesda MD @ The Music Center at Strathmore
10/2 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center
10/5 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
10/6 – Houston, TX @ Hobby Center
10/7 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (SMU)
10/10 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
10/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
10/12 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ 5th Ave Theatre
10/18 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium

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