David Byrne and St. Vincent Love This Giant out on September 11th
Recorded over two years, largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truestsense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the albums twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congletons drum programming. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas are also featured on The One Who Broke Your Heart.
Byrne and Clark will launch a 24-date fall tour commencing September 15th in Minneapolis with a touring group that includes eight brass players, a keyboardist and drummer.
I am thrilled to announce the record David Byrne and I have made together, Love This Giant. We started our collaboration around the fall of 2009 after being approached by Housing Works to write and perform a night of new music for charity. We decided to center the music around a brass band and began sending ideas back and forth in every form: wordless melodies, melody-less songs. After a while we had enough of a body of work that David, not one to do anything halfway, suggested we record it and put it out. I am very proud of what we created and excited for it to hit your ears. – Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
Annie suggested we use a brass band rather than the typical rock ensemblewhich would brilliantly solve the sound problems inherent in performing in a small joint like Housing Works. A brass band wouldnt need mixing and could be heard acoustically in a room that size. I loved this idea and suggested we write some tunes based on this brass concept, just a few to see if we could actually work together and to see if we both liked the results. That was a few years ago. The writing was truly collaborative: sometimes Annie would send me some synthesized versions of brass or guitar riffs and I would arrange them a bit and write a tune and words over them; other times this process would be reversed and I would send some musical ideas to Annie for her to write over.This material would get passed back and fortheach of us adding and elaborating on it. We both had other records and tours in the works, so this project was done in fits and starts, and each series of recording sessions involved a lot of players. It was an education that involved figuring out the variety of sounds and approaches one could come up with using more or less the same group makeup on every songwe could go funky or majestic with the exact same band. When John Congleton added some beats, we could see a surprisingly song-centric record emerging. A lot of people, hearing a description of this project, assumed that it might be an artsy indulgence, but somehow it didnt turn out that way. Its a pop recordwell, in my book anyway. I started to sense that we were ending up with a sound and approach Id never heard before. There were elements that were reminiscent of things Id heard, but a lot of it was completely new. Very exciting! Well be doing these songs and a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know, says Byrne of the tour. – David Byrne