By Gregory AdamsWe've been waiting well over two years for former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and current art rock fave St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) to drop details and a release date for their impending collaborative LP, and luckily the day has finally come. The album is called Love This Giant, and the pair issue the record September 11 through 4AD/Todo Mundo.
A press release explains that the dozen songs that make up the record were primarily recorded at Hoboken, NJ's Water Music studio. Described as "eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favour of idiosyncratic horn arrangements," Love This Giant is apparently an "infectious and hook-laden" affair.
You can download new number "Who" down below.
Ten of the 12 songs were written collaboratively, with lead vocals split between the two musicians. "There was no delineating what the roles were," Clark said in a statement. "It's a collaboration I'm truly proud of."
The tunesmiths also contributed one song each that was composed individually.
While Clark and Byrne's musical partnership is on display, the album is also assisted by an "explosive brass band" (penultimate cut "The One Who Broke Your Heart" features soul group the Dap-Kings and Brooklyn Afrobeat enthusiasts Antibalas) and includes drum programming from John Congleton.
If the new album wasn't enough, a North American tour has also been announced. The trip will have the pair tackling their Love This Giant material and, if Byrne's to be believed, potentially some classic material from both artists' back catalogues.
"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," he explained.
You can see those dates, including stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, down below.
Love This Giant:
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 (ft. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas) 12. Outside of Space & Time
9/15 Minneapolis, MN - State Theater 9/16 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater 9/18 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre 9/20 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre 9/21 Montreal, QC - Eglise St-Jean Baptiste (POP Montreal) 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 - Moore Theatre 10/18 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium 10/20 Vancouver, BC - Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts