David Byrne and St. Vincent will be releasing a full collaborative album which the pair has been working on since 2009. The two artists were originally approached by HousingWorks with the aim of performing a concert for charity, but it was eventually decided after a bond was formed between the artists that a full LP would be even better. Love This Giant, is the result and it will be released by 4AD on September 11th . “Who” is our first taste of the record, and it’s a pretty great affair with lots of funky horns and yelps. Annie and David had this to say of the project....
“It’s an honest-to-god, straight-down-the-middle thing. He wrote music, I wrote music; he wrote words, I wrote words. He sings half the songs, I wrote half the songs. I’ve never been that closely entwined in the songwriting, arranging, singing, and lyric-writing process with anyone.”
“Annie suggested we use a brass band rather than the typical rock ensemble—which would brilliantly solve the sound problems inherent in performing in a small joint like Housing Works. A brass band wouldn’t need mixing and could be heard acoustically in a room that size. They’d balance themselves. Easy. We’d only need vocal mics."
"A lot of people, hearing a description of this project, assumed that it might be an artsy indulgence, but somehow it didn’t turn out that way. It’s a pop record—well, in my book anyway. I started to sense that we were ending up with a sound and approach I’d never heard before. There were elements that were reminiscent of things I’d heard, but a lot of it was completely new. Very exciting!”