16 June, 2012

"Who" by David Byrne and St. Vincent

Twelve seconds into this first single (that I would mention has been released for FREE download here: Love This Giant) from David Byrne and St. Vincent's album, the beat drops and things get decidedly funky. Not to say that they weren't in the first twelve. In fact, the intro to the song highlights the most bombastic brass I've heard in quite some time.

The song is "Who," and it is meant to be released on a full album titled Love This Giant on September 11th, 2012. The majority of lyrics are delivered in Byrne's signature swaggering, shaking voice. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) sings the soaring chorus and backing harmonies and vocals.

The Talking Heads is one of my favorite bands and I count David Byrne as a major inspiration artistically and philosophically (if you're wondering what I am talking about, check out these two links: Byrne's book Bicycle Diaries and his TED talk on music and space), but never before have I been drawn to St. Vincent's music. However, I will surely be buying Love This Giant come September, and hopefully catching one of these tour dates (as copied from the website):

Date Venue City/St Tickets
Sep-15 State Theater Minneapolis, MN TBA
Sep-16 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI TBA
Sep-18 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL TBA
Sep-20 Queen Elizabeth Theater Toronto, ON TBA
Sep-21 Eglise St-Jean Baptiste Montreal, QC TBA
Sep-23 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA TBA
Sep-25 Beacon Theatre New York, NY TBA
Sep-26 Beacon Theatre New York, NY TBA
Sep-27 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA TBA
Sep-29 Williamsburg Park Brooklyn, NY TBA
Sep-30 The Music Center at Strathmore North Bethesda, MD TBA
Oct-02 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN TBA
Oct-03 Cobb Energy Center Atlanta, GA TBA
Oct-05 Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX TBA
Oct-06 Hobby Center Houston, TX TBA
Oct-07 McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, TX TBA
Oct-10 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA TBA
Oct-11 Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA TBA
Oct-13 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA TBA
Oct-15 Orpheum Theatre San Francisco, CA TBA
Oct-17 5th Avenue Theater Seattle, WA TBA
Oct-18 Schnitzer Auditorium Portland, OR TBA
Oct-20 Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts Vancouver, BC TBA

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