Published Mar 16, 2010Back in January, indie rock songstress St. Vincent revealed a collaboration with beloved Talking Heads icon David Byrne at her American Songbook showcase in New York. The duo teamed up to debut a song called "Breathing," and now Byrne has taken to his blog to explain that the song is only one of eight that they've been collaborating on.
In a lengthy post called "Collaborations," Byrne opens up about his work with St. Vincent's Annie Clark:
At her suggestion, we did a song we'd been writing together, one of about 8 or so. Our collaboration was partly inspired by the Dirty Projectors/Björk thing at Housing Works many months ago that we both attended. We agreed to do something similar there, though there is no timetable. Annie (her real name) has been on tour, on and off, for quite a while, so the collaboration proceeds in fits and starts.
Annie also came up with the concept of using a brass ensemble as the core band for these things, which gives us a unifying musical direction and coincidentally will also work nicely in someplace like Housing Works, where the "less in the PA the better" rule applies - the acoustic volume of brass instruments means that if we are careful, the balance in that room could be natural, and mainly the voices will require amplification.
While no release date or other information was given about the collaboration, Byrne's thought-provoking original post is definitely worth a read-through here.
Thanks to TwentyFourBit for the heads-up.