Published Apr 14, 2009David Byrne has begun leaking more details about his upcoming concept album, Here Lies Love, which is set to feature 22 guest vocalists and tell the story of the one-time first lady of the Philippines: Imelda Marcos.
According to Byrne, the forthcoming record is a joint effort between the former Talking Head and Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), and will feature singers such as Santigold, Cyndi Lauper, Roisin Murphy, Sharon Jones, Alice Russell, Martha Wainwright and Tori Amos. Each vocalist will sing a different track, with the album following Marcos "from her childhood spent in poverty and her rise to power to her ultimate departure from the palace," says Byrne's website.
"We've got three more singers who have still to record on it but we're almost there," Byrne recently told BBC 6Music of the album's progress. "There is a different singer on every song, including Sharon Jones from Amy Winehouse's backing band the Dap Tones, Alice Russell and Tori Amos. There's a lot of singers, it goes on and on."
In 2007, Byrne played a rough draft of the project at a show in New York City, and the album version of Here Lies Love was originally scheduled to be release at the beginning of this year through Nonesuch. However, at this point, no firm release date has been confirmed for the record's release.